Almost every day, ask the following questions:
“How about becoming a sports anchor and reporter?” It’s fun but difficult.
“How did you get into this business?” Long story.
“Did you always want to do this?” Yes. more than this.
But more and more, individuals who want to enter the world of sports media think that they are spending days cheering on the game, swallowing champagne with the owner, hitting the chest of the athlete. No thank you.
For example, take a look at Easter Sunday 2013. Photographer Bill Ellis and I left San Antonio at 10:30 am. The Rangers have just finished their spring training schedule in a two-game series with Padres. What is your final destination? Houston for the season opener between the Rangers and Astros on Sunday night.
This is a typical “day of life” that includes everything from a stale hot dog to a drunken Astros fan Bam rushing for a live shot.
7:30 am: wake up.
8 am: Head to the hotel lobby and head to Face Time with your daughter and husband.
8:15 am: 45 minutes training. I’m always fighting 10 pounds added by the camera.
9 am: Blog about breakfast and things to do in Houston.
10 am: Return to the room and pack.
10:30 am: Departure for Houston
1:30 pm: Arrived at Hilton America. Change clothes immediately with big hair and TV anchor makeup.
2:45 pm: Depart for Minute Maid Park. It’s about 8/10 miles from the hotel, so we walk.
3 pmArrive in the park, get credentials, go through security and get lost in the intestines of the facility trying to find the Rangers Clubhouse. Talk to your station producer about night plans.
15:30: The Rangers Clubhouse opens. Interviews with David Murphy, Lance Berkman, Mitchmoreland, and Ian Kinsler. Adrian Beltre and AJ Pierzynski declined us for an interview.
16:30: Interview with Ron Washington in a flock of reporters at the Rangers Dugout. After the wash, start shooting video and gathering interviews for fans of the opening day. The day will be aired with a CBS11 score.
5:15 pm: Fight upstairs to the press box and see if there is room for seats where you can watch the game and equipment for the building to start editing the story. Since it is the maximum capacity, there is no space. The reporter sits at a spare table in the dining room and corridor. Bill and I go downstairs and find a working space.
5:30 pm: From the Rangers Clubhouse, set up a shop in the Astros press conference room on the other side of the park, about a 4 minute walk. I start recording sound and video to write my story.
6:00 pm: I have finished writing the story. It’s time to turn your voice into voice. There is no ideal soundproof area for recording audio, so I use the background of the Astros press conference to mute. The cameraman left the room in the middle of a chase session from a station in Houston, so I’ll start over. repetition. It takes 3-4 attempts to record the audio. It’s almost frozen in the press room. Bill and I are trembling. There is no mobile phone service in this room. We have to leave the room and walk to the lobby area for texting and phone calls. Fortunately, the building’s Wi-Fi signal works in this room.
6:20 pm: Both of us are hungry. I go back to the press room and grab something to eat. Bill is hungry, but he wants to edit this story. He asks me for a pretzel.
6:30 pm: Buy a media dinner for $10. I broke my fork to cut the meat provided. I take all about 3 bites: iceberg lettuce, hard meat, oily potatoes. I will eat popcorn. It’s getting old. Frozen yogurt is not bad. I leave to get Bill’s pretzel. All shops are full. This particular stand ran out of them by the time I waited 22 minutes and reached his counter in the pretzel. I send Bill a text and try to see if he wants something else. He doesn’t receive the text because the cell signal is bad. I returned to the press box and grabbed one of the three hot dogs left on the roaster. Seems to be sitting there for 4 hours.
7:45 pm: Finally, return to our base in the intestines of Minute Maid Park. Bill gets a cold hot dog. I finally got the opportunity to watch the game on TV in the press conference room. I’m not really looking at a single pitch. Astros radio broadcasts are piped through television. Listen to Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks using the MLB at Bat app. When I rush out of a hotel room, I leave the iPad charger in the room. I can’t hear continuously because I need to save battery to use my iPad late at night.
9:55afternoon: Top 9 times. Walk to the Rangers Clubhouse and prepare for a post-match interview
10:05 pm: It seems that it takes longer than usual to enter the clubhouse after the Rangers 8-2 are defeated. Enter the wash office. Rangers spokesman John Blake says television reporters will be asking questions first, followed by print media, but all media stuff stuffs Wash’s small office. Ask two questions and leave.
10:30 pm: Interviews Matt Harrison, Derek Law, AJ Piazinsky. One-on-one interviews with Nelson Cruz, Elvis Andrus, and David Murphy. Bill should point out that it’s slowing down and should be left in place for the live shot.
10:50 pm: You’ll arrive at a live shooting location outside Minute Maid Park. You need to provide feedback on the interviews you have collected. We work with Houston’s “sister station” KTRK. Their technology is not compatible with ours, so we will have to feed our material again using our “backup” device we brought from Dallas. The video quality is not very good.
11 pm: Fix hair and make-up for live shots. I start collecting my thoughts to determine how to introduce the post-game sounds and stories that I filmed earlier in the day. A lovely young woman from Dallas begins to ask how she can enter the sports broadcasting business. I will chat with her for about 10 minutes. It took only 5 minutes to prepare what I had to say before I was on TV
11:15 pm: Live shot location. An overshooting fan shouts, “Return to Arlington!” His wife pulls him apart. Bill is still supplying material to our station. The KTRK photographer is taking my live shot. In the corner behind us is a monster truck, sitting in his corner. When I started introducing the post-game interview, I realized that the KTRK photographer wasn’t shaking his head. Feel the air brush over your right shoulder. From the corner of my left eye I can see the building rushing towards me. He pushes drunk Astros fans out of the way. Bill says this guy was charging us. I turn around and see briefly what’s going on. I think I came across an intro.
23:19: The live shot is over. Bill can’t believe the man came out of nowhere. My heart is still pounding because it surprised me so much. I will disassemble the equipment and return to Hilton.
11:45 pm: Arrived at the hotel. We are hungry again. The remaining Easter basket from the hotel egg hunt remains with a miniature candy in a peanut butter cup from Reese. Pick up 6 of them and go to the room for a “second dinner”. Bill says he later ordered me room service. Finally arrived at 12:45 am. Chicken sandwich and carrot cake is $ 42.50.
8 am: Depart for Dallas and write this post in your return car.
Noon: Get home When I try to hug my daughter, I run away. I think she forgot me despite FaceTime.
We are not always traveling, but we are traveling a significant amount. In fact, our days are a little tight when we’re at home. Long days with unexpected surprises and some speed bumps are commonplace. Is this an easy job? No, is it fun? Without a doubt. There’s no other way… except for the unhugged part from Jordan.
It’s a sequel.