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EP 092: Andy Garcia-Northern Illinois WBB, Football Sideline Reporter, & Westwood One Affiliate Sales

posted by Logan Anderson May 23, 2019 0 comments
      EP 092: Andy Garcia Westwood One and Northern Illinois

This episode features my conversation with Andy Garcia. Andy Garcia is all around Northern Illinois sports! He does play-by-play for women’s basketball and is the sideline reporter for football. He is also a producer and works in affiliate sales for Westwood One Sports. Topics of discussion include:

  • Not being the Hollywood Star Andy Garcia.
  • Knowing from a young age that he wanted to be in the business.
  • Getting tricked by his aunt into listening to his childhood tapes in front of his family.
  • Moving to Chicago with no job and no guarantee.
  • His first break that got his foot in the door in the Chicago market.
  • Climbing the ladder at 670 The Score from producer to sports director.
  • The connection that led him to Westwood One Sports.
  • Learning the business of affiliate sales.
  • Using affiliate sales as a springboard.
  • The lessons he’s learned producing for some of the best broadcasters in the business.
  • Being successfully spontaneous in big moments.
  • Finding people to interview in chaotic postgame environments.
  • Learning from working with legendary sideline reporter Jim Gray.
  • The feeling of being associated with a team.
  • Working with Bill Baker, the voice of Northern Illinois, who’s starting is 40th season in the booth.
  • Nailing a big moment and ending up with his call on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays.
  • Covering women’s football and adjusting vocabulary for the women’s game.
  • Adjusting his career and taking care of three kids after his wife tragically passed away from cancer.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcaster to listen to.
  • The best deep dish in Chicago.

And much more!

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