Archive for March, 2013

Thanks for joining us for another interview with a great broadcaster and friend of mine based out of Chicago, Illinois by the name of Brian Snow. Brian is the creator of http://www.isnetamerica.com and does a wonderful job of bringing you coverage of tomorrow’s athletes today. Check him out on twitter @BigSnowman40.

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How long have you been in broadcasting? 17 years

When did you know that it was what you wanted to do? Since I was about 10 or 11

How much time do you spend preparing for a broadcast? About four hours per game day

What sports do you currently broadcast? Baseball, basketball, football, volleyball

Who are/were the people you look/looked up to in broadcasting? Jim Durham, Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Wayne Larrivee, John Rooney

Is there anyone you emulate, and if so in what way? Depends on the sport.  When it comes to basketball, it’s Jim Durham.  His description of the scene and knowledge of the game and players involved are impeccable and the excitement he emits was amazing.  For baseball, it’s a combination of Jack Buck, Vin Scully, and John Rooney.  Same reasons as Jim Durham, but because it’s baseball, in their own way they can all tell a story effectively and keep the fans engaged.  Wayne Larrivee and Kevin Harlan do the job for me for football.  Painting the picture, keeping the fans involved and getting the fans up to date in case they missed the beginning of the broadcast is wonderful.

What is your favorite on air story you can share with us?  Last year with Marist High School boys basketball.  They gave me two miracle finishes and both of them went viral.  Since then I have been dubbed with the phrase “It ain’t midnight yet y’all!”  The phrase just came out because the setting was perfect.  Bogan was one of the big dogs in the tournament and the #4 team in the Chicago area and Marist was the giant slayer.  I just kept thinking of the Cinderella references that Brent Musberger used when calling Boise State’s upset of #3 Virginia Tech in college football in 2010 when he said “Cinderella lives ladies and gentlemen!”  The rest is history

If there is anything else or any stories you really want to share please feel free to do so.  DON’T EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!!!  Yeah I would like to be making more money doing this, but the kids and the clients that broadcast with me and my organization make it go for me.  I have learned so much about how to run an effective business doing my sportscasting and also how to keep my broadcasts old school effective.  The haters are going to hate, the detractors are going to do what they do and all the people that are on the outside looking in are going to give you their opinion.  If it is what your heart wants then tell the other folks that you are sorry and that you have to follow your heart.  Follow your heart and pursue your dreams with a dogged passion that NO ONE ELSE CAN duplicate!  It’s your dream…you must protect it…cultivate it….make it grow into a reality.

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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.