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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