The Internet – An Announcer’s Best Friend

Just a little over ten years ago, I was starting to get involved with sports announcing for SETV (Solon Television). In order to learn more about the teams I was going to be talking about during the broadcasts, I often had to scour newspapers and local print media instead of the Internet. The Internet could provide some assistance with finding team schedules but besides that, it was rare to find rosters, information on the players or even the coach’s name.

Even as I entered into my senior year of high school, not much could be found on the Internet and scouring local articles and talking to the coaches beforehand became my best sources of information. There were numerous times I had to use a handwritten roster for the broadcast because a printed schedule was not available.

There were several instances in which the coaches would prepare information in advance on former Solon head swim coach Rob Northrup was one of the best in this area. Northrup would always get excited when we notified him we were coming to tape a meet and always had plenty of information for me to mention during the broadcast. Northrup was not the only coach who would supply this type of information and it was always helpful.

As I graduated high school and went on to college, more information started to become more available on the Internet. While announcing games at a Division III level for Otterbein, it was always easy to find information, stats and just about anything I needed on a school’s web-site. When I had to do a high school sporting event, I noticed that the amount of information available on the Internet had grown and finding what I needed became a lot easier.

The college years have been over for about five years, however, I have seen an increase in the amount of information available since I earned my degree. When I called a hockey game between Solon and Chagrin Falls on New Year’s Weekend just two years ago, I was able find rosters, stats and lots of information on both teams easily. I only had two days to prepare (I landed the opportunity on New Year’s Eve and the game was on January 2nd) and in that short amount of time, I was able to collect all of the information I needed with the help of the Internet. I was amazed then at how much information was available and couldn’t believe I found enough to get me through what was my first announcing opportunity in almost three years (more on that at another time).

The opportunities to announce have come about since that hockey game two years ago and with the help of the Internet, I have been able to research both teams easily. When asked to do a Solon football game on a couple days notice this past fall, I had all of the information I needed with the help of Google searches and different web-sites. This is not the only instance in which the Internet has helped and it will not be the last either.

 

 

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~ by jeffrsabo on January 13, 2013.

One Response to “The Internet – An Announcer’s Best Friend”

  1. My family members every time say that I am wasting my time here at net, however I know I am getting experience everyday by reading thes pleasant posts.

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