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SPORTS BROADCASTER, IN-DEPTH: I'm Pursuing My Passion

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Tim goes in-depth with his story about being a Play-By-Play Announcer. He shares what he likes most about his career and what he finds challenging about his craft. Tim also talks about the key decision he made to get into this field of work. Although it's been challenging Tim says he's happy and he's where he wants to be. Tim explains job availability in this line of work and the challenges of life-work balance especially during baseball season.

Degree: Mass Communication
Job Title: Sports Broadcaster

Job Summary: Announcers (Radio, TV, DJ, Emcees, Public Address)

Job Description

Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as a master of ceremonies (emcee) or disc jockey (DJ) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

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Public address systems and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired.

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Average salary
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$15,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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Communication
Journalism
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<span m='12910'>do</span> <span m='13150'>for</span> <span m='13360'>a</span> <span m='13420'>living.</span> </p><p><span m='14110'>And</span> <span m='16020'>it's</span> <span m='16239'>very--</span> <span m='17700'>an</span> <span m='17830'>opportunity</span> <span m='18380'>for</span> <span m='18480'>me</span> <span m='18640'>to</span> <span m='18720'>be</span> <span m='18930'>an</span> <span m='19050'>entertainer</span> <span m='19870'>and</span> <span m='20100'>informative</span> <span m='21030'>all</span> <span m='21240'>at</span> <span m='21320'>once</span> <span m='21970'>and</span> <span m='22240'>to</span> <span m='23190'>kind</span> <span m='23370'>of</span> <span m='23440'>being</span> <span m='23660'>in</span> <span m='23760'>my</span> <span m='23970'>element</span> <span m='24420'>surround</span> <span m='25350'>minor</span> <span m='25590'>league</span> <span m='25760'>baseball.</span> <span m='26320'>This is</span> <span m='26470'>my</span> <span m='26610'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='27020'>And</span> <span m='27100'>it's</span> <span m='28410'>something</span> <span m='28810'>that</span> <span m='28950'>I</span> <span m='29050'>know,</span> <span m='30130'>that</span> <span m='30540'>I</span> <span m='30720'>feel</span> <span m='31200'>very</span> <span m='31500'>passionate</span> <span m='31970'>about</span> <span m='32310'>and</span> <span m='32530'>I</span> <span m='32810'>don't</span> <span m='33230'>think</span> <span m='33660'>I'm</span> <span m='33890'>going</span> <span m='34030'>to</span> <span m='34070'>get</span> <span m='34290'>tired</span> <span m='34630'>of.</span> <span m='34780'>This</span> <span m='35030'>is</span> <span m='35110'>something</span> <span m='35510'>I'll</span> <span m='35640'>do--</span> <span m='36730'>forget</span> <span m='37030'>a</span> <span m='37080'>retirement</span> <span m='37620'>plan.</span> <span m='37920'>They'll</span> <span m='38190'>have to</span> <span m='38550'>pry</span> <span m='38740'>the</span> <span m='38850'>mic</span> <span m='39240'>from my</span> <span m='39650'>cold, dead</span> <span m='39930'>hand.</span> <span m='40500'>I'm going to</span> <span m='40610'>be</span> <span m='40730'>doing</span> <span m='40980'>this</span> <span m='41180'>for</span> <span m='41270'>a</span> <span m='41340'>long</span> <span m='41570'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='42280'>The</span> <span m='42410'>challenge</span> <span m='42960'>would</span> <span m='43180'>be,</span> <span m='44320'>it</span> <span m='44460'>is</span> <span m='44620'>the</span> <span m='44720'>long</span> <span m='45020'>hours</span> <span m='45380'>first</span> <span m='45630'>and</span> <span m='45720'>foremost.</span> <span m='46530'>That</span> <span m='46760'>comes</span> <span m='47040'>with</span> <span m='47260'>it.</span> <span m='48370'>Knowing</span> <span m='49870'>what</span> <span m='50290'>you</span> <span m='50560'>need</span> <span m='50800'>to</span> <span m='50910'>fix</span> <span m='51320'>on</span> <span m='51460'>your</span> <span m='51610'>self,</span> <span m='52050'>the</span> <span m='52140'>self</span> <span m='52440'>scouting.</span> <span m='53130'>Having</span> <span m='53340'>to</span> <span m='53420'>listen</span> <span m='53740'>to</span> <span m='53830'>yourself</span> <span m='54320'>and</span> <span m='54670'>beat</span> <span m='54830'>yourself</span> <span m='55290'>up</span> <span m='55430'>a</span> <span m='55500'>little</span> <span m='55720'>bit.</span> <span m='56330'>And I</span> <span m='56410'>tell</span> <span m='56620'>myself,</span> <span m='56960'>Tim,</span> <span m='57290'>come</span> <span m='57745'>on,</span> <span m='58200'>you got</span> <span m='58360'>to</span> <span m='58410'>say</span> <span m='58610'>that</span> <span m='58810'>differently.</span> <span m='59180'>Things</span> <span m='59480'>like</span> <span m='59700'>that</span> <span m='60250'>that</span> <span m='60380'>I</span> <span m='61700'>need</span> <span m='61940'>to</span> <span m='62050'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='62740'>So</span> <span m='62990'>the</span> <span m='63090'>long</span> <span m='63400'>hours</span> <span m='63810'>and</span> <span m='65800'>the</span> <span m='66650'>level</span> <span m='67100'>that</span> <span m='67250'>you</span> <span m='67390'>have</span> <span m='67570'>to</span> <span m='67700'>climb,</span> <span m='68090'>the</span> <span m='68520'>long</span> <span m='68910'>ladder</span> <span m='69470'>ahead</span> <span m='69770'>of</span> <span m='69910'>me</span> <span m='71220'>that</span> <span m='71430'>is</span> <span m='71550'>in</span> <span m='71640'>front</span> <span m='71840'>of</span> <span m='71930'>me.</span> <span m='72120'>I</span> <span m='72170'>try</span> <span m='72460'>to</span> <span m='72600'>put</span> <span m='72930'>blinders</span> <span m='73350'>on</span> <span m='73500'>and</span> <span m='73560'>not</span> <span m='73780'>think</span> <span m='73950'>about</span> <span m='74240'>that and</span> <span m='74600'>just</span> <span m='75330'>focus</span> <span m='75670'>on</span> <span m='75830'>each</span> <span m='75960'>level</span> <span m='76330'>and</span> <span m='76400'>enjoy</span> <span m='76770'>it</span> <span m='76870'>and</span> <span m='77240'>perfect</span> <span m='77820'>my</span> <span m='77930'>craft</span> <span m='78290'>and</span> <span m='78360'>get</span> <span m='78550'>better</span> <span m='78760'>and</span> <span m='78850'>better</span> <span m='79020'>and</span> <span m='79090'>better.</span> </p><p><span m='79470'>And</span> <span m='79790'>climbing</span> <span m='80160'>the</span> <span m='80270'>ladder</span> <span m='80630'>will</span> <span m='80940'>take</span> <span m='81140'>care</span> <span m='81310'>of</span> <span m='81380'>itself</span> <span m='81830'>if</span> <span m='82020'>I</span> <span m='82120'>also</span> <span m='82490'>handle</span> <span m='83220'>the</span> <span m='83330'>networking</span> <span m='83870'>side.</span> <span m='84330'>Just</span> <span m='84610'>doing</span> <span m='84940'>it.</span> <span m='85080'>Just</span> <span m='85830'>saying,</span> <span m='86190'>you</span> <span m='86260'>know</span> <span m='86400'>what?</span> <span m='87040'>Forget</span> <span m='87400'>trying</span> <span m='87640'>to</span> <span m='87680'>get</span> <span m='87850'>by</span> <span m='88100'>with</span> <span m='88330'>other</span> <span m='88520'>jobs</span> <span m='89030'>and</span> <span m='89440'>pay</span> <span m='89600'>my</span> <span m='89790'>rent.</span> <span m='90390'>I'm</span> <span m='90490'>going</span> <span m='90570'>to</span> <span m='90620'>make</span> <span m='90800'>some</span> <span m='90940'>major</span> <span m='91310'>sacrifices</span> <span m='92630'>to</span> <span m='92770'>really</span> <span m='93140'>do</span> <span m='93310'>what</span> <span m='93470'>I</span> <span m='93520'>want</span> <span m='93760'>to</span> <span m='93830'>do</span> <span m='94550'>and</span> <span m='95302'>to</span> <span m='96180'>climb</span> <span m='96530'>the</span> <span m='96640'>ladder.</span> </p><p><span m='97140'>It</span> <span m='97230'>was,</span> <span m='97830'>the</span> <span m='97940'>decision</span> <span m='98470'>was,</span> <span m='99140'>sacrifice</span> <span m='100660'>living</span> <span m='100950'>a</span> <span m='101000'>fairly</span> <span m='101410'>comfortable</span> <span m='102040'>life</span> <span m='102440'>in</span> <span m='102560'>my</span> <span m='102690'>own</span> <span m='102900'>place</span> <span m='103270'>in</span> <span m='103410'>Oakland,</span> <span m='104620'>having</span> <span m='104840'>to</span> <span m='104920'>restart</span> <span m='105430'>a</span> <span m='105480'>bit.</span> <span m='105960'>You</span> <span m='106370'>know,</span> <span m='106450'>move</span> <span m='106740'>in</span> <span m='106860'>with</span> <span m='107010'>mom</span> <span m='107380'>for</span> <span m='107520'>a</span> <span m='107570'>season</span> <span m='107910'>worth</span> <span m='108100'>of</span> <span m='108170'>baseball</span> <span m='109340'>and</span> <span m='109640'>make</span> <span m='109960'>this</span> <span m='110180'>commitment</span> <span m='111540'>to</span> <span m='112330'>really</span> <span m='113320'>going</span> <span m='113650'>after</span> <span m='113990'>this.</span> <span m='114250'>That</span> <span m='114440'>was</span> <span m='114610'>the</span> <span m='114720'>tough</span> <span m='114960'>decision</span> <span m='115720'>of</span> <span m='115980'>committing</span> <span m='116850'>to</span> <span m='116960'>doing</span> <span m='117290'>this.</span> </p><p><span m='117630'>Even</span> <span m='117860'>with</span> <span m='118100'>the</span> <span m='118190'>long</span> <span m='118520'>hours</span> <span m='119510'>and</span> <span m='119900'>the</span> <span m='120420'>challenges</span> <span m='120980'>ahead</span> <span m='121220'>of</span> <span m='121310'>me,</span> <span m='121630'>I'm</span> <span m='122020'>enjoying</span> <span m='122540'>and</span> <span m='122820'>I</span> <span m='122870'>know</span> <span m='123040'>this</span> <span m='123210'>is</span> <span m='123360'>where</span> <span m='123490'>I</span> <span m='123520'>want</span> <span m='123680'>to</span> <span m='123730'>be.</span> <span m='124610'>It</span> <span m='124750'>is</span> <span m='124960'>difficult</span> <span m='125460'>to</span> <span m='125550'>get</span> <span m='125750'>this</span> <span m='125960'>kind</span> <span m='126150'>of</span> <span m='126230'>a</span> <span m='126290'>job,</span> <span m='127010'>and</span> <span m='127470'>I've</span> <span m='127650'>signed</span> <span m='127930'>up</span> <span m='128020'>with</span> <span m='128259'>agencies</span> <span m='129300'>and</span> <span m='129710'>other</span> <span m='130020'>job</span> <span m='130370'>boards,</span> <span m='130860'>and</span> <span m='131110'>I</span> <span m='131580'>have</span> <span m='131860'>some</span> <span m='132030'>connections,</span> <span m='132600'>still,</span> <span m='132970'>even</span> <span m='133160'>in</span> <span m='133280'>other</span> <span m='133540'>cities.</span> </p><p><span m='134630'>But</span> <span m='135660'>there's</span> <span m='135820'>so</span> <span m='136200'>few</span> <span m='136550'>of</span> <span m='136640'>these</span> <span m='136850'>jobs,</span> <span m='137230'>and</span> <span m='137360'>so</span> <span m='137740'>many</span> <span m='138020'>applicants</span> <span m='139190'>that</span> <span m='139410'>it's</span> <span m='140580'>definitely</span> <span m='141060'>a</span> <span m='141080'>high</span> <span m='141290'>level</span> <span m='141610'>of</span> <span m='141710'>competition.</span> <span m='142940'>And</span> <span m='143880'>I</span> <span m='144060'>knew</span> <span m='144290'>somebody</span> <span m='145200'>in</span> <span m='145350'>an</span> <span m='145460'>office</span> <span m='145970'>with</span> <span m='146180'>the</span> <span m='146260'>Vallejo</span> <span m='146700'>Admirals,</span> <span m='147180'>who</span> <span m='147300'>I</span> <span m='147360'>work</span> <span m='147630'>for</span> <span m='147830'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='148500'>And</span> <span m='149450'>I</span> <span m='149600'>managed</span> <span m='150010'>to</span> <span m='150070'>get</span> <span m='150260'>in</span> <span m='150330'>touch</span> <span m='150660'>with</span> <span m='150790'>the</span> <span m='150850'>director</span> <span m='151210'>of</span> <span m='151310'>operations.</span> <span m='152240'>And</span> <span m='153070'>it</span> <span m='153240'>takes</span> <span m='153550'>those</span> <span m='153970'>kind</span> <span m='154170'>of</span> <span m='154250'>connections,</span> <span m='154840'>for</span> <span m='154980'>sure.</span> <span m='155780'>And</span> <span m='156260'>that</span> <span m='156440'>was</span> <span m='156600'>a</span> <span m='156650'>difficult</span> <span m='157090'>side</span> <span m='157350'>for</span> <span m='157450'>me.</span> <span m='157590'>I'd</span> <span m='157650'>always</span> <span m='158340'>had</span> <span m='158490'>the</span> <span m='158590'>talent</span> <span m='158980'>for</span> <span m='159070'>this</span> <span m='159290'>gig,</span> <span m='159550'>but</span> <span m='159980'>just</span> <span m='160160'>getting</span> <span m='160470'>out</span> <span m='160610'>there and</span> <span m='160770'>networking</span> <span m='161380'>wasn't</span> <span m='161660'>always</span> <span m='161940'>me,</span> <span m='162330'>and</span> <span m='162720'>that's</span> <span m='162960'>something</span> <span m='163300'>I've had</span> <span m='163600'>to learn</span> <span m='163990'>in this</span> <span m='164160'>process.</span> </p><p><span m='164890'>And</span> <span m='164970'>now</span> <span m='165160'>I</span> <span m='165270'>understand</span> <span m='165960'>why</span> <span m='166510'>players,</span> <span m='167180'>other</span> <span m='167340'>broadcasters,</span> <span m='168060'>have</span> <span m='168230'>to</span> <span m='168340'>have</span> <span m='168540'>that</span> <span m='168750'>strong</span> <span m='169240'>family</span> <span m='170230'>support</span> <span m='170800'>system</span> <span m='171220'>there.</span> <span m='171920'>I</span> <span m='172090'>just</span> <span m='172310'>have</span> <span m='172470'>a</span> <span m='172510'>dog.</span> <span m='173030'>But</span> <span m='173480'>it</span> <span m='173570'>would</span> <span m='173710'>be</span> <span m='173830'>difficult</span> <span m='174220'>to</span> <span m='174300'>try</span> <span m='174460'>to</span> <span m='174560'>feed</span> <span m='174800'>him</span> <span m='175040'>without</span> <span m='175380'>family</span> <span m='175710'>there</span> <span m='175920'>to</span> <span m='175990'>help</span> <span m='176180'>me</span> <span m='176380'>out</span> <span m='176570'>right</span> <span m='176820'>now.</span> <span m='177420'>And</span> <span m='177720'>in</span> <span m='177870'>order</span> <span m='178100'>to--</span> <span m='178540'>because I'm</span> <span m='178900'>gone</span> <span m='179250'>from</span> <span m='179470'>10</span> <span m='179750'>to</span> <span m='179870'>11.</span> <span m='180910'>And</span> <span m='181190'>so</span> <span m='182600'>that's</span> <span m='182860'>definitely</span> <span m='183760'>a</span> <span m='183880'>tough</span> <span m='184310'>balance</span> <span m='185340'>and</span> <span m='185990'>people</span> <span m='186260'>just</span> <span m='186430'>kind of</span> <span m='186620'>have</span> <span m='186780'>to</span> <span m='186890'>expect</span> <span m='187420'>not</span> <span m='187730'>to</span> <span m='187820'>see</span> <span m='187990'>you</span> <span m='188300'>for</span> <span m='188800'>baseball</span> <span m='189530'>season,</span> <span m='189900'>is</span> <span m='190030'>what</span> <span m='190190'>I'm</span> <span m='190340'>getting</span> <span m='190630'>used</span> <span m='190880'>to.</span> </p><p><span m='190990'>That</span> <span m='191520'>you're</span> <span m='191640'>going</span> <span m='191750'>to</span> <span m='191820'>be</span> <span m='192070'>out</span> <span m='192300'>there,</span> <span m='193030'>completely</span> <span m='193620'>engrossed</span> <span m='194110'>in</span> <span m='194210'>this</span> <span m='194970'>from</span> <span m='195380'>May</span> <span m='195910'>to</span> <span m='195990'>the</span> <span m='196120'>end</span> <span m='196290'>of</span> <span m='196390'>August</span> <span m='196850'>in</span> <span m='196960'>minor</span> <span m='197260'>league</span> <span m='197430'>baseball.</span> <span m='197840'>It'd be</span> <span m='198230'>even</span> <span m='198530'>longer</span> <span m='199660'>the</span> <span m='199710'>higher</span> <span m='200140'>I</span> <span m='200350'>climb</span> <span m='200790'>in this</span> <span m='201000'>level.</span> <span m='201570'>Or</span> <span m='201790'>if</span> <span m='202290'>I</span> <span m='202500'>am</span> <span m='202600'>not</span> <span m='202800'>with</span> <span m='202910'>a</span> <span m='203030'>team</span> <span m='203510'>down</span> <span m='203770'>the</span> <span m='203830'>road,</span> <span m='204140'>if</span> <span m='204410'>it's</span> <span m='204640'>a</span> <span m='204710'>network</span> <span m='205065'>gig,</span> <span m='205420'>you</span> <span m='205520'>have</span> <span m='205660'>to</span> <span m='205750'>get</span> <span m='205830'>used</span> <span m='206000'>to</span> <span m='206070'>them</span> <span m='206300'>sending</span> <span m='206850'>you</span> <span m='207500'>wherever</span> <span m='208190'>and</span> <span m='208450'>being</span> <span m='211130'>on</span> <span m='211290'>the</span> 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