EP 073 Alan Horton Minnesota Timberwolves
This episode features Alan Horton, the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics of discussion include:
- Why the NBA offseason doesn’t necessarily mean time off.
- Discovering his love of sportscasting as a college student.
- The uniqueness of attending both a small liberal arts college for undergrad and grad school at Syracuse.
- His interest in economics and political science.
- Taking a few years off as a ski bum in Wyoming before pursuing a sportscasting career.
- Following his girlfriend (now wife) to San Diego with no job or job prospects.
- Working the phones to a foot in the door in a major market.
- The one person who called back and gave him a chance.
- Getting the break to broadcast San Diego State sports.
- Doing one of the first streaming broadcasts.
- The influence of Ted Leitner, the voice of the Padres, on his career.
- When Tony Gwynn told him to Say The Damn Score!
- Why being an excellent producer helped him get his first job in professional sports.
- The sequence of events that led him to Minnesota.
- The small differences in covering men’s and women’s pro basketball.
- Adjusting a broadcast for a team having a bad season.
- Using sound within his broadcasts.
- Why he broadcasts game as a solo act.
- His thoughts on his call that went viral criticizing NBA referee Ed Malloy.
- Working odd jobs before making it big.
- Developing the skills to be a great producer.
- Keeping up with technological advances.
- His broadcast horror stories.
- His preparation process.
- What he does to continue to improve.
- Adjusting his broadcast style to match the pace of today’s game.
And much more!
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