Sports Broadcasting with the Best in the Business

Previously on this blog, I wrote about how I attended the Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle Sports Broadcasting Camp more than six years ago. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It confirmed how much I really wanted to go into the world of sports, and after keeping in touch with Bruce Beck, Ian Eagle and Dave Popkin, I got the chance to go back to the camp and help run the camp. Positive Impact Partners runs the week at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair State University.  Leading up to the week of camp, I was in charge of a lot of logistics, those included everything from making sure lunch was at the camp every day for the campers to making sure MSG Varsity had the necessary space to park the live truck and set up a set. I helped create the schedule for the camp and helped confirm speakers were ready to go and directions to the Somerset Patriots stadium were printed for families joining the kids at the game.

Even though I wasn’t ‘attending’ the camp, I still had an incredible time. I got to spend a week with some of top sports guys in the business. Since I have attended the camp as a camper, Ian, Bruce, Popkin, and Mike Quick (MSG Varsity) have taught me more about the business than anyone else. There are too many specific experiences about the camp I want to recount, but I will limit myself to two.

1. Networking: One thing I have learned about the business is it’s not always about how good you are, but rather who you know. That is not to say that you don’t have to be good, but if you already reach the level of being good enough, then it’s about who you know. This camp has allowed me to network and make connections many people never have the opportunity to make. And for that I am truly grateful. I got to hold at the very least conversations with people like Bob Lorenz of YES Network, Chris Carlin of SNY, Tina Cervasio of MSG, Chris Carrino of YES, Sam Rosen of FOX and many more people from the MLB Network, MSG Varsity, and various other places. The list goes on and on. And just to interact with some of these people is amazing. It’s the start of a dream come true. The best part is that everyone I met was willing to help make my dreams come true. All were real down to earth people, who just happen to have (in my mind at least) the best jobs in the world.

2. The first day of camp was the only stressful one of the bunch. There were a lot of little odds and ends that needed to be set up in the museum for the week. After lunch, I helped set up the set for the first year campers to do their sports stories “on-air.” I helped put together the teleprompter and cameras for the set, but that was not what made this experience incredible. Bruce Beck called me in to where he was prepping the campers to do their 30-second stories. He asked me to help prep them and give them tips for when they go on air. I had to critique and help them with everything from delivery to pronunciation to posture in the chair to smiling. It was so cool that Bruce trusted me so much that he wanted me to sit in for him when he had to leave early to do a show for NBC, and as much as I want to say that it was all prior knowledge that let me be able to do this, it wasn’t. The combination of the Missouri Journalism School and Bruce, Ian, Quick, and Popkin was what made me able to give critiques and have some idea of what I was talking about.

I finally realized how much work went into this camp. It was an awe-inspiring experience to be able to work behind the scenes of this camp. The logistical and administrative skills I learned from the preparation of the camp and during the camp has yet to be matched by any other duties I have been assigned.

Check out some of the photos of Yogi and campers here! Can you spot me hanging out with Yogi?

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