This week’s interviewee is a broadcaster by the name of Victor Anderson. Victor is the current play by play voice of Rollins College and can be followed on twitter
How long have you been in broadcasting?
Being an African-American, I look up to guys like Stuart Scott, Greg Gumble, and Gus Johnson in terms of their passion and love for the sport and profession.
Is there anyone you emulate, and if so in what way?
In terms of play-by-play, I try to take elements of Vin Scully, Red Barber, and Gus Johnson along with my personality to create my own unique, yet presentable style. Vin is the standard when it comes to presenting and developing a story. He makes each game it’s own novel. Red Barber is someone who talked to you as a friend while still giving you the story of what was going on. I acutally call my spot overlooking the field at our softball complex “The Catbird Seat” like Barber did while he broadcasted games for the Dodgers. Gus Johnson brings an excitement and genuineness to the sport that I respect. When I’m not broadcasting myself, I look forward to him calling games because of his energy and passion.
What is your favorite on air story you can share with us?
It was 2005 and I was a student broadcaster at the University of Central Florida (UCF). I was a part of their broadcasting team for softball that season. We were playing in our conference semifinals against Florida Atlantic. Keep in mind beforehand, the two games we won during the tournament, I did PBP and my good friend Matt was the commentator. Before the game started, I was thinking that Matt would take over PBP and I would switch into my commentating role. Right before we went on the air, he looked at me and said “You took us this far, why not get us to the championship”. It’s kinda like baseball players or teams when they start winning, they keep doing the same thing. In our case, the two games we won in the conference tournament, I was PBP and he thought if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
We’re tied at 2 in the bottom of the ninth. The bases were loaded and we’re batting. My friend actually begged on air for the player Brittani Lindheim to get a base-hit. Sure enough, first pitch, she hits a hard liner into left field that drops in and we win 3-2. After I say what happened, he hugs me and says on-air “Thank You Victor!!” I was buzzing for about three minutes realizing we knocked out our biggest rival on their home field. To make a long story short, we won two more games the next day and won the conference title. What a day that was!!
If there is anything else or any stories you really want to share please feel free to do so.
In closing, I want to say how blessed I’ve been to be a part of this great profession. Some young broadcasters think that they are God’s gift to the profression and have an attitude that reflect that (that young freshman from Seton Hall I’ve read about on STAA comes to mind). We all have to understand how grateful we need to be to have this platform.