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EP 065: Tyler Merriam, South Dakota State

posted by Logan Anderson May 24, 2018 0 comments
      EP 065: Tyler Merriam SDSU

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In episode 65 we chat with Tyler Merriam, the play-by-play voice of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Topics of discussion include:

  • Doing play-by-play into a tape recorder as a five year old.
  • Getting opportunities to do play-by-play as a high school student in the isolated town of Pierre, SD.
  • Being self taught when it comes to learning the fundamentals of the craft at a young age.
  • Choosing to go to South Dakota State instead of a more well known broadcast school.
  • Never having to move to get his NCAA Division I breaks.
  • Moving from working for a local radio station to working for the college.
  • Learning to host a TV show with only radio experience.
  • What it’s like covering the NCAA Tournament as a mid-major broadcaster.
  • Why he doesn’t eat with the team at the NCAA Tournament.
  • We talk about trying local places to eat and drink when traveling instead of chains.
  • Why he has never felt like not having a traditional announcer voice has held him back.
  • Being told that he sounded like a 12 year old girl on the air.
  • How he handles criticism on social media.
  • Who he relies on to provide critiques of his work.
  • The unique importance of radio in rural South Dakota.
  • Balancing a grueling broadcast schedule while supporting the medical needs of his young son.
  • Broadcast horror stories from his career.
  • How he designed his own specially formatted spotting board and the rest of his preparation process.

And much more!

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