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EP 094: Dave Benz, TV Voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves

posted by Logan Anderson July 3, 2019 0 comments
Conversation with Dave Benz of the Minnesota Timberwolves

This episode features a conversation with Dave Benz, the TV voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Topics of discussion include:

  • Nearly missing walking across the stage at his college graduation to get his first play-by-play experience.
  • The signs from his youth that he would end up a play-by-play broadcaster.
  • Why he initially pursued electrical engineering and how it’s helped him as a broadcaster.
  • Being from Syracuse but choosing to go to Oswego State 45 minutes away.
  • Getting reps at WAER, the student station at Syracuse, without attending the school.
  • Bribing crew members with pizza to get fill in reps at his first TV job.
  • Why moving from Syracuse to Green Bay, Wisconsin proved to be his first truly big break.
  • Moving all around the country to build a resume.
  • Doing pre/post game shows for three NBA  teams in the same night.
  • The skills required to do a great pre/post game show.
  • Broadcasting  fencing in a studio during the 2016 Olympics with only four days notice.
  • Not being afraid to leave his comfort zone.
  • Standing out in his Timberwolves audition because of a mistake he made.
  • Building chemistry with analysts.
  • His only time covering hockey.
  • Keeping the broadcast industry during losing seasons and blowout games.
  • Being positive and honest during the difficult Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler saga.
  • Dealing with the death of a player or coach.
  • Why going off topic sometimes leads to great radio.
  • Selling Shabazz Muhammad’s shoes to the  Pawn Stars shop.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen/watch on a night off.
  • And Much More!

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