EP 062:John Ramey, University of Nevada
In episode number 62 we talk with radio play-by-play man for the University of Nevada, John Ramey. Topics of discussion include:
- He talks about how the College World Series prepared him to broadcast Nevada’s Sweet 16 run.
- How a winning team can help endear you to a fan base.
- The influence of his father Hal Ramey, a prominent Bay Area broadcaster, helped him matriculate with the sportscasting industry.
- How he can relate in some ways to Joe Buck.
- What play-by-play broadcasters and offensive coordinators have in common.
- Doors that were opened for him by his father.
- Pursuing a career as a professional musician before going back to sportscasting.
- How a career in music is similar to sportscasting and how they are different.
- Comparing the rush of stepping out on the stage with starting a broadcast.
- Why being a broadcaster is like being the bass player in a band.
- The charm of the one of baseball’s hidden gems, the College World Series.
- The honor of calling the final pitch of the final CWS game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
- Why silence is critical for nailing big moments as a broadcaster.
- His path to Nevada, including stops at UC Riverside and UCLA.
- How persistently letting SID’s know that he was available to call fill in games led to Power 5 opportunities.
- The process of landing his current position at the University of Nevada.
- Why the most important ability is availability.
- The lifestyle change, or lack their of, moving from Los Angeles to Reno.
- How an STAA Member Makeover helped him adjust his job market strategy.
- His broadcast horror stories.
- What he listens for when he critiques his own work.
- Broadcasting without a deep knowledge of the sport.
- His biggest broadcasting influences.
- How he handles social media.
And much more!