(July 5, 2017) Always be ready. Opportunity can knock at any time.
Leo Blavin stayed ready. Now, the STAA member is taking over in mid-season as Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coast Plain summer collegiate baseball league.
“I’m thrilled to be calling more baseball this summer, and a lot of it has to do with the service STAA provides,” says Blavin.
Fayetteville has hired several STAA members over the years, so when the mid-season need for a broadcaster arose, the team asked STAA for referrals. Blavin was on the short list.
“I had never called any summer league baseball before due to my broadcasting schedule with the University of Michigan’s softball and baseball teams. I hadn’t anticipated that this summer would be any different, but when this opportunity in Fayetteville opened up I knew I wanted to try and earn the job.”
In addition to his radio work at Michigan, Blavin broadcast play-by-play on the Big Ten Network Student U and was Director of Operations for the campus TV station. He’s also served internships in both radio and TV and was a social media and marketing intern for famed sports agent Leigh Steinberg.
Blavin’s advice to sports broadcasting job seekers is to stay ready. “Make sure your demo and resume are up to date and be prepared to pack up and go when a quality opportunity arises in a different part of the country,” he suggest.
For fellow STAA members, Blavin adds, “Always check the latest job leads e-mail and apply as soon as you can.”
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