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!