Alvin Washington Jr Interview

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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ALVIN WASHINGTON

“Commitment to Tomorrow’s Champions”.  That’s been the underlying force behind veteran play-by-play man Alvin Washington.  One of the co-founders of ISNet Sports Media, Washington has been with the company since its inception at Chicago State University in 1995.  Having cut his proverbial chops with the Chicago State women’s basketball team, Washington has had the opportunity to call events in such iconic venues as Soldier Field, U-S Cellular Field, Wrigley Field and the United Center.

 
How long have you been in broadcasting?
2013 marks my 18th year doing sports, 24th overall.
When did you know that it was what you wanted to do?
Mass communication seminar at a university in New Orleans in 1988

How much time do you spend preparing for a broadcast?

usually 2 days; six hours if I know the opponents really well.

What sports do you currently broadcast?

Football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, water polo and softball.

Who are/were the people you look/looked up to in broadcasting?

Considering I’m African-American, most of the broadcasters i saw growing up were athletes.  However, further proliferation of technology in the media world has allowed me to look up to such current luminaries as Greg Gumbel, Stuart Scott, Mike Tirico, and baseball’s last Black man to do play by play for the Major Leagues, Paul Oden.

Is there anyone you emulate, and if so in what way?

I study those who are at the next level, but in the end, I can only be me.  And in these past 18 years, I think I’ve done a good job of doing that.

What is your favorite on air story you can share with us?

One thing I love doing is picking random commentators who may be off from their beat to join me on the broadcast and it becomes an instant classic for the both of us.  One that comes to mind was a 2005 Sweet 16 basketball game in Illinois between Waukegan and Glenbrook North.  I grabbed a sportscaster from the host school (Loyola-Chicago) station
join me on the call.  It turned out to be a memorable night indeed.  Oh yeah, some kid named Jon Scheyer was playing.
 
If there is anything else or any stories you really want to share please feel free to do so.
The Internet age has slowly allowed minorities to further themselves in the world of play-by-play, especially at the college level.  It is my sincere hope that they understand what it takes to be the best at this craft, because it doesn’t come overnight.
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