Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tim Brant
By Connor Smith

On Monday November 10th, I shadowed legendary sports announcer Tim Brant at WJLA ABC 7 news in Arlington. Brant has been an announcer since his football days ended way back in 1973. Brant was a defensive captain linebacker at the University of Maryland, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins. After he hurt his knee while with the Washington Redskins, he got lucky when he found out there was an opening for the Maryland radio announcer job at WMAL radio. Brant eventually moved on to the local ABC station, WJLA. In 1982, Brant moved up the ladder, joining ABC sports. Brant was known for working Keith Jackson on college football telecasts. From 1987-1990 Brant worked for CBS Sports. In 1991, he returned to ABC where worked for until 2007, and after that he came back home to WJLA. He has also called the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament since 1993 with Raycom Sports. He calls ACC football games every Saturday for Raycom as well.
While I did have to write a report on my day, some of the questions I had to ask did teach me some things. Brant said that some qualifications for the job were to have a degree in journalism, and that the size of the market you are working in matters. Some personal qualifications were being able to communicate, having experience, and being able to persevere. His major responsibilities are the sports staff, and the sportscast on the news. He finds it frustrating that he doesn’t get enough time on the news. Brant says that the biggest keys to success in the business are to communicate, being kind, and to “treat every work day like it’s your first and every day with your family like it’s your last.”
Brant usually doesn’t get into the office until 2:30PM. I arrived at 3PM, and the sports staff, a group made up of four-five people, had a meeting to decide what to air on the sports. The sports airs usually at 5 and 6, as well as the 10 and 11 news hours. After deciding what to air, one of the members of the sports staff, Alex Parker, met with the editor to edit the sports clips and videos. I watched the 5 and 6 o'clock news next to the news desk (off camera) and in the director’s room. I met longtime broadcaster Gordon Peterson, as well as weather man Doug Hill. I was also able to meet Leon Harris and Maureen Bunyan and the directors, producers, and most of the staff at WJLA. I also went for a tour around the studios, and everybody I met was very nice and complimented me on my wardrobe, as I was wearing a blazer, khakis, and a tie. I wish I could’ve stayed longer, but in the end I learned a lot about the life of a sportscaster, a job I hope to have when I grow up.

“Treat every day at work like it’s your first, and every day with your family like it’s your last.” -Tim Brant

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kids Run the Show
My Day as a Washington Nationals Junior Reporter
By Connor Smith

On Sunday, September 4, I went to the Washington Nationals game. But this wasn’t just a regular Nationals game; it was the Kids Run the Show Day and I was the junior reporter!

On Thursday, September 1, I got a call that I was selected to be the reporter for the Washington Nationals. Earlier in August the Washington Post had an application for Kids Run the Show. Kids Run the Show is a day where kids are picked to work at the game. There is a kid that throws out the first pitch, or says, “Play Ball!”, or delivers the lineup card to the umpires, or is the game announcer or, in my case, is a reporter. I filled out the application and my mom sent it to the Nationals. I couldn’t believe it when they called; I was so excited!

To prepare for game day, I wrote three questions for every Nationals player, in case I got to interview them. On Sunday, my whole family came to the game. We checked in at the media entrance and then my chaperone met my partner (who would be the Public Dress Announcer) Graham and me. First we went down on the field to see the Mets batting practice. We were able to get Tom Milone and Collin Balester’s autographs. They are pitchers for the Washington Nationals. Next the three of us went from field level all the way to the Press box where all the announcers and media members do their job. We had lunch in the Press dining area where all the media members eat, and then my chaperone and Graham dropped me off with the radio announcers Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler. They announce the game for 106.7 The Fan—my favorite radio station! I listened to them do their pre-game coverage and I met the Mets Radio announcer. Once the game started, I didn’t talk for the first two innings on air but talked with Charlie and Dave during commercial breaks. In the top of the 3rd inning I spoke on the radio for my first time ever! They asked me, “How did you get to do this?” I said “My mom and I filled out a sheet in the Washington Post and sent it to the Nationals and then they picked me.” Then Charlie Slowes asked “Did you have to write an essay or say why you think you should be here?” I said “I didn’t have to write but I did have to say why I should be the Reporter.” Then they asked, “So why do you think you should be here?” I said “I have a blog.” They laughed, looked it up and found it and then they asked some questions about the blog.

After the 3rd inning my chaperone took my down to my parents and sister. Even though the Nationals lost 6-3 I had a lot of fun going on my favorite radio station 106.7 The Fan, and meeting two big baseball guys in Charlie and Dave. I had a lot of fun at Kids Run the Show at the Nationals game!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Big East tournament

The Big East tournament starts Tuesday March 9th. All 16 teams are going to make the tournament in Madison Square Garden in New York. My Dad's friend Mr.Weber will be going too is what my dad said. For the first round The South Florida Bulls will play Depaul the winner will play Georgetown. The winner of that game will play Syracuse. Also UCONN will play St.Johns the winner will play Marquette, the winner of that game will play Villanova. The teams that get play Villanova and Syracuse will be in the quartirfinal round, the winners of the games that Syracuse and Villanova are in will get to go Semifinals. Seton Hall will play Providence in the first round the winner will play Notre Dame, the winner of that game will play Pittsburgh. Also Cincinatti will play Rutgers, the winner will play Louisville, the winner of that game will play West Virginia. The winners of the games that Pittsburg and West Virginia are in the quartifinals. They also will go to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals will go to the Final the winner will win the Big East. I can't wait to find out who wins the Big East tournament.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Georgetown Syracuse game

When your play is the next day, you don't susspect you would go to a baskettball game. Well I did. And it was fun! Around 5:30 I arrived at my Dads office. (my mom had drove me.) I brought my camera with me. We parked in a garage near the Arena. We walked till we found my dads freind Mr.Snyder. He was one of the people who came to the pancake breakfeast when I was 3. HE brought a special freind to. THen we went to Ruby Tuesday to eat. Then we went to the game. We were sitting very high. I was rooting for Syracuse.Pretty much all the Syracuse fans were sitting in the uper level. Syracuse led 44-31 at halftime. We went to get beers (exept for me.) and then satt down for the 2nd half. Syracuse had a rough 2nd half, Georgetown made lots of threes and big points. With the final seconds Georgtown was in with 1. THe atmisphere was crazy loud, and then Syraucse got a 2 from Rick Jackson to make it 73-70. THen Georgetown fouled Andy Rautins who made both free throws to seal the game with 5.0 left. Chris Wright missed a 3 and Syracuse had won! Andy Rauntins led the Orange in scoring with 26 points. We came home and I went to bed.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Catching a Puck


Me and the trainer..

Last night we went to the Caps Panthers hockey game. We went to the game early to watch the practice. Also last night, I caught a puck, it wasn't exactly during the game, but I still caught it. While we were waiting for the practice to start, One of the Capitals trainers saw me and put a puck over the glass. I didn't catch it but got the puck anyways. When the practice started I had one of the practice pucks. When Alexander Semin left, he threw a puck right above me (2 rows above.) I thought he was tring to get a puck to me, but I didn't get it.
The game was really fun and the Caps won 4-1. The players who scored for the Caps were Nickals Backstrom, Mike Knuble twice, and Jeff Shultz. Also Mike Green got a elbowing penalty and was susspended 3 games. Green also got hit and left the game with knee injury.
Also some of the Washington Nationals players were there to sign autographs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

class plays

When I go to school (Monday through Friday.) I do different work, but right now we are practicing our class play, A Charlie Brown Valentine. I'm Narrator 5, I have 5 lines + 2 lines. I still wonder if I will forget my lines. But I for surely don't have to worry about it. This year I have already memorized my lines, memorized who's before me, and where to sitt on the risers. Those are probaly the most important things I have to know besides witch mikerophrone do I speek at. Last year was the 1rst year I had done a play, I was the Blowfish, I had 8 lines. My Grandparents even came to! It was very hot on the stage, It will probaly be the same this year to. It is hot on the stage because the lights are on so the audience can see you. This year I will not have a costume, like last year. I will where a short sleeve shirt. My teacher says to where something that little kids would where. I can't wait till my play.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Colts going to the super bowl

On Sunday the Indianapolas Colts beat the New York Jets 37-13. The Colts had a bad 1st half but the Colts stopped MArk Sanchez and the Jets offense in the 1st half. Another AFC championship for the Colts will put them in the Super bowl 44, it will only be Peyton Mannings 2nd Super bowl but he is planned to do it in 2 weeks. THe Colts will have to play the New Orleans Saints, althogh the Saints lost to the Buccaneirs, it will be a tough task #1 because the Super bowl is in Florida near New Orleans. #2 the Saints have a big offense. and #3 because the Saints are a very tough team. Those 3 reasons are why the Colts will have to play tough Vs the Saints. At school the kids in my class have been arguing over who they want to win the Super bowl, I did didn't get in this mess but I do want the Colts to win. My mom thinks the Saints should win because it is there first time going in franchise history. It is probaly the match up of the year I said anybody could win, Whoever wins played there hartest not just in the Super bowl but for the season. That is why I suggested I would go for the Colts. I can't wait till the Super bowl.