Back when I was four years old, my family took me to the Erie Zoo. After checking out the animals for a while, we decided to ride the train. During the ride, the conductor, named Dewey, gave his normal, tour guide like talk over the loudspeaker. Once the ride concluded, I arrived home to give the exact same, word for word impression of his monologue.
From that point on, I was hooked.
At a young age, I would announce (much to the chagrin of my loved ones) every sporting event I could watch on the television. This included Super Bowl XL, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Seattle, 21-10, and numerous hockey and baseball games. This continued throughout middle school, where instead of playing two hand touch football with my friends at recess, I would instead announce the action taking place on the pavement.
As high school began, my broadcasting duties included mostly spring and summer days, as I worked the PA microphone for various District and sectional baseball and softball tournaments around the Edinboro, PA area. Most of these tournaments would include 10-12 games over the course of four to five days, so the experience was wonderful to have. Additionally, I announced track and field events for the high school team.
Once my junior year began, I set out to solve the problem of General Mclane High School not having a radio station. Our principal, Dan Mennow, had mentioned the wanting for such a station, but with limited funds, there was no guarantee this was possible. However, through hard work (and jumping through lots of hoops), GMHS debuted “General Mclane Radio” on October 7th, 2016, as I called our football game, a 48-7 triumph over East. Only later did we realize that broadcast had reached over 500 people from eight different countries. It was a night I will never forget. Following the broadcast, I would go on to call over 50 additional events for General Mclane, including football, baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field from my junior to senior year.
In 2017, I selected the University of Toledo to continue my broadcasting career in the field of Media Communications. Right out of the gate, four days into my freshman year, I was gifted the opportunity by then sports director Zach Harig to call the fourth quarter of UT Football’s opener vs VMI on WXUT, our student radio station. Those 15 minutes, to put it bluntly, will never appear on my demo reels, but the opportunity was cherished regardless. After this, I began settling into a play by play role for the station, calling the remaining games during the regular season. In addition to this, I was able to call my first ever major championship event, as Toledo defeated Akron at Ford Field for the MAC title. Once basketball season started, I again assumed play by play duties, covering all but a handful of games for both the men and women. The end cap saw myself at Quicken Loans Arena, where I broadcasted yet another MAC title game, this time for men’ basketball. In the spring, I was approached by ESPN+ in Toledo and asked to cover both play by play and color commentary for UT Baseball and Softball games. This was a new chance for me to gain experience with a major network, this time on the television platform.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with WICU-12 back home in Erie, PA, working as an intern in the sports department. This internship helped me further enhance my skills both in front of and behind the camera, as I worked filming Erie Seawolves baseball, high school football camps, professional sporting events, and more, my first day on the job including an interview with Tim Tebow. The internship culminated with me having the chance to anchor a weekend sports show. Not only was this a great experience, but also allowed me to become more enhanced in my work behind the camera.
As my sophomore year started, I was introduced to a new ensemble of on air opportunities. First, I was approached by Toledo Athletics and asked if I was interested in taking a part time public address announcer position for UT basketball. Calling games as a PA have been some of my most wonderful games to date, and I hope to continue to be in a more involved and active role. Also, I was asked by ESPN to further my role in play by play in the Toledo area, and I expanded to calling volleyball and swimming and diving. Finally, I accepted a position as a freelance play by play for Buckeye Cable Sports Network, calling high school and college events on a weekly basis.
Last summer took me to Pierre, South Dakota, where I served as the play by play broadcaster for the Pierre Trappers of the Expedition League. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to assume a leadership role in a broadcasting position, while also gaining additional experience in the field. The season included calling 64 games over a 75 day span, many of which you can find under my game highlights page. I am forever grateful to the Trappers for allowing me the honor to call professional summer league baseball.
This year, I worked a multitude of new positions that added to my career work. In addition to work at BCSN and ESPN, I served as the news and sports producer for UT’s on campus television show, UT:10 News. Additionally, with soccer coming to campus for the first time since 1984, I served as the public address announcer for all home games. Finally, outside of the Toledo area, my first opportunity with a professional organization saw me travel to Columbus, Ohio for a radio broadcasting internship for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League.
In April, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I was offered a position at Erie News Now, the station I interned at two years ago. This was an incredible opportunity to investigate the economic challenges in the region. I also will attempt to shine light on local businesses and people who are doing what they can to help the less fortunate. Whilst this is different from past positions, I am confident I will continue to create stories that will be informative and helpful to the public.
The past eight years have been incredibly wonderful, and a great experience in both on air broadcasting and multimedia journalism. As I continue my career in the broadcasting field, I am grateful for the opposites I have been given, and look forward for the other experiences that are to come.