I’ve been writing for Bleacher Report since August of 2006. In that time I’ve produced several dozen articles, and though the numbers are a little higher now with former blog entries counting as articles, I still have an average of about a piece every three weeks or so.
I was turned on to Bleacher Report by my wife, who has been in radio for 18 years now, was nominated for a Radio Music Award in 2005 for Consultant of the Year, and is the Job Placement Director for an accredited broadcasting school here in Dallas / Ft. Worth.
I have always enjoyed writing, but Bleacher Report has provided me an outlet to really enjoy sharing a mixture of pieces on topics in sports I know and enjoy.
If you read my work, you’ll find opinion, news, and educational articles. There have been a couple of extended periods I have taken off from writing, but eventually I come back to catch up on things on the site.
Needless to say, my works from Bleacher Report are printed, placed in plastic sheet protectors, and fill a one and a half inch three-ring binder that is my broadcasting portfolio.
There are several other items in the binder: an article I wrote for a model railroad magazine, photos of me at work in various broadcasting positions, and shots with people I’ve interviewed. I also carry copies of my “radio” resume and demo CDs in the binder. This accompanies me to every interview I’ve attended.
Though anyone can write a blog or publish on the Internet, I’m of the opinion that writing for a third-party brings to it more credibility, as it has to pass muster outside of your own little world.
In the spring of 2007, I created The Rubbin’s Racing Show, and its’ supporting website (www.rubbinsracingshow.com/).
I have used our home studio to broadcast my racing talk show to the world via the Internet for over a year now. I created the show to fill what I feel is a void in auto racing coverage here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The major media outlets are more than happy to cover racing when NASCAR and the Indycar Series come to Texas Motor Speedway, but other than that, I feel racing fans are largely ignored.
So I identified what I consider a niche in the market, and am pursuing ways to fill that void.
In August of 2007, I began volunteering for Penny Entertainment (www.pennyentertainment.com), a company that provides a student/mentor program to provide coverage of local high school sports. I was able to advance through several positions—mentor, color commentator, play-by-play commentator, and up to director.
I was even awarded with the Innovator of the Year distinction for using equipment I possess to enhance the quality of our web broadcasts.
I have learned quite a bit and further built my resume in the broadcasting arena with my work for Penny, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities provided by them.
January of this year I started as a board operator with 103.3 FM ESPN radio (www.espn1033.com) here in Arlington, Texas.
I had interviewed at a couple of radio stations and carried my portfolio with me each time. After a few weeks here at ESPN, I had the opportunity to sit down and meet with my program director (PD), and discuss my background and body of work with him.
In a market, and indeed a station where football, basketball, and baseball are the overwhelming topics of discussion, I found myself swimming upstream in a downstream world.
Many lack understanding of the significance of auto racing in the sports genre, and the enormous following it has.
Needless to say an opportunity presented itself when the host of the station’s part-time racing show called in sick, and I was called upon to fill in for him.
Since that night I’ve been the host of Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) Motorsports Tonight.
Mind you, I’ve hosted a total of three shows, but that’s three more than I would have hosted if I hadn’t spoken with my PD and shown him my passion, knowledge, and ability to vocalize both. The show introduction now features my name as the host, and I can’t tell you how special that feels. That intro clip is in the stack of cuts to build my latest audio demo.
Furthermore, I’ll be heavily involved in the station’s coverage of NASCAR weekend at TMS this coming week. (http://stations.espn.go.com/stations/espn1033/story?id=event080406)
What it comes down to is that Bleacher Report can be a launching pad for a career in sports broadcasting, writing, or other avenues of pursuit.
I’m still bugging Dave and the guys who run the site to add in audio capability, podcasting, and build toward Bleacher Report radio. I can see this becoming something where careers are launched someday, and people can learn and grow while having fun expressing their love and opinions in sports.
I thank God for my abilities, my wife for her knowledge and support, and Bleacher Report for providing me a place to build my skills and express my opinions.
I hope I have entertained readers, and possibly even taught them something here and there. I plan to continue contributing pieces to Bleacher Report when I find time. I may provide a burst of articles for a few weeks then go dormant for a while, but I still enjoy coming back and reading and writing for the site.
Whether you aspire to be in sports broadcasting, or just like sharing your opinions with others, Bleacher Report is a fantastic vehicle for doing so.
I recommend using your work with Bleacher Report to build your own portfolio. If there are opportunities to get into broadcasting at your local level, do so. If you have the equipment to do your own interviews with persons of interest, that will help as well. That can be used to enhance and build content for your own articles.
The sky is the limit but these are ways to get off the ground.
For me, I’m looking onward and upward. I’m hoping to have my own racing talk show on the air as it allows me to support my family and interests.
Until then, it’s pretty cool to be sitting here and hear you name in conjunction with the famous ESPN SportsCenter “duh duh duh, duh duh duh” that’s normally reserved for big-league athletes and their highlight reels.
Thanks, Bleacher Report, for helping to launch me toward my Sports Center moment.