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EP 085: Bill Spaulding, Harvard, The Ivy League Network, & NBC Olympics

posted by Logan Anderson February 28, 2019 0 comments

In this episode I chat with Bill Spaulding, broadcaster for Harvard, the Ivy League Network, and Olympics coverage on NBC. Topics of discussion include:

  • The pressure to sound smarter broadcasting to an Ivy League audience.
  • When he knew he wanted to be a sportscaster.
  • Going to Syracuse and why it was an easy decision.
  • How difficult is it to get into the Newhouse School?
  • Winning the Jim Nantz Award and meeting Jim Nantz.
  • How he got good material to submit for the award.
  • Rooming with Nantz Award runner up John Nolan.
  • Moving to Boston to be in a major market.
  • Our shared experience of working at Home Depot to support our sportscasting habit.
  • Being a goofball on Citrus TV as a Syracuse student.
  • Getting his first foot in the door at Harvard.
  • Networking inside of a major market.
  • How covering Japanese baseball and Russian hockey games helped him to get involved with the coverage of the Rio Olympics.
  • Covering sports from a monitor.
  • Preparing for a sport you’re unfamiliar with.
  • Preparing to cover athletes with a language barrier.
  • Organizing preparation for sports with huge numbers of participants.
  • Surviving as a freelancer.
  • Balancing work and family life.
  • Handling finances and tax time as a freelancer.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to on an off night.

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