(October 24, 2012) Dave Walkovic has lined up his first post-college job in sportscasting; now he can focus on finishing his final semester at Penn State. An STAA client since September 2011, Walkovic, is the new play-by-play voice of the Brevard County Manatees.
“It is a really good opportunity for me because I get to stay in the Florida State League, a league that I know very well and that has very limited travel,” Walkovic says. “The Manatees also haven’t had radio since 2007, so I kind of get to restart and build up the program from scratch. I also get to be the number one broadcaster for an Advanced-A team, that’s a great opportunity in itself.”
Walkovic was supposed to graduate this past May, but delayed his final semester in favor of taking a job as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Daytona Cubs. Spending the season with the Cubs eventually lead to the Manatees opportunity.
“I had known the Manatees’ GM Kyle Smith, from my time with the Daytona Cubs. Robbie Aaron, the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations in Daytona, told me that he and Kyle had some conversations about the possibility of the Manatees starting up a radio program. Robbie brought up the possibility of me being the guy. Kyle contacted me about the opportunity and we went from there.”
When the Manatees requested demo material, Walkovic sent his STAA Talent Page to provide a complete picture of his experience.
“Kyle asked me to send him some of my radio stuff, so I sent him my Talent Page since it had everything he would have wanted all in one place. That made it easier for both of us.”
Walkovic has spent his college years accumulating as much play-by-play experience as possible, including all of Penn State’s major sports and serving as the summer play-by-play broadcaster for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
(Visit Dave’s STAA Talent Page).