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EP 102: Corbu Stathes, U of Minnesota WBB

posted by Logan Anderson October 24, 2019 2 Comments
Corbu Stathes, Minnesota Gopher WBB

This episode features my conversation with Corbu Stathes, the women’s basketball voice of the University of Minnesota. Topics of discussion include:

  • How many ways people have butchered his name.
  • Wanting to be a comic book artist before finding his way into sportscasting.
  • How play-by-play is an artistic pursuit.
  • How a lack of knowledge early on helped him come up with unique descriptors for basketball.
  • When too much vocabulary becomes a distraction.
  • Balancing making a game accessible for casual fans without boring hard core fans.
  • Developing as a voice over talent.
  • Picking up his first women’s basketball job at NCAA D1 Colorado State right out of college.
  • Learning the X’s and O’s of unfamiliar games.
  • How driving to Bozeman, Montana led to him landing the Gophers job in Minnesota.
  • The difficulty and frustration of waiting for a big break.
  • The importance of keeping your word in this business.
  • Dealing with coaching changes and building new relationships with coaches.
  • The differences in the way he covers men’s and women’s basketball.
  • Learning from well respected broadcast mentors like Wyatt Thompson of K-State and Mike Grimm at Minnesota.
  • The value of being authentic.
  • Why he hates listening to his own tape…but does it anyway.
  • The difficulty of making the jump from good to great in subtle aspects of play-by-play.
  • Using characteristics of different broadcasters without sounding like a rip off.
  • Broadcasters he likes to listen to on an off day.
  • His broadcast horror stories.

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kirk stathes October 28, 2019 at 11:26 pm

great show! Corbu and I listened to you constantly on our baseball road trip a couple years ago. Thanks for including him;

Logan Anderson
Logan Anderson October 29, 2019 at 12:54 am

Thanks Kirk. Corbu has a great story and I’m glad I was able to share it!


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