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EP 076: John Focke, Minnesota Lynx

posted by Logan Anderson November 8, 2018 0 comments

In this episode I chat with John Focke, the voice of the Minnesota Lynx and Executive Producer of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics of discussion include:

      EP 077: John Focke, Minnesota Lynx
  • What it meant to win the NSMA Sportscaster of the Year in the state of Minnesota.
  • Where does he keep his plaque?
  • Why a Bulls vs Pistons Eastern Conference Finals game led to him deciding to become a broadcaster.
  • Doing play-by-play of his brothers high school games while filming for the team.
  • With the Super Bowl in Minneapolis last year, he describes what it’s like on radio row.
  • The decision to go to THEY Ohio University.
  • Getting his first job out of college in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
  • The somewhat difficult process of finding a job after college.
  • Trying to make a small high school broadcast sound big.
  • Spending one year as the voice of Northern Michigan hockey and volleyball.
  • Why he enjoyed life in the Upper Peninsula.
  • Getting back to the Twin Cities and working with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • The Twin Cities PD that is his career angel.
  • Keeping his play-by-play skills sharp while working as a producer.
  • Does producing for an NBA broadcaster rub off on his own personal style?
  • Getting fill in opportunities for the Timberwolves.
  • How a dial up internet connection and a really old printer made creating boards for his first NBA game a challenge.
  • Why not staying up late and prepping can actually make for a better broadcast.
  • The process of taking over the Lynx job.
  • What makes a good radio producer.
  • Using actualities in a play-by-play broadcast.
  • The unique challenges of calling women’s sports.
  • The ability to get to know a WNBA team far better than if it were an NBA team.
  • His social media strategy and how it has become a part of the broadcast industry.
  • His brief flirtation with comedic acting.
  • His broadcast horror story from the world’s most famous arena.
  • His preparation process.
  • How preparation is layered over time.
  • Covering a national game of the week vs following one team.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to on an off day.
  • At what point does using creative phrases become a detriment to the broadcast?

And much more!

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