I told my wife not to bother with dinner this week, because I will be gone every night broadcasting section sports. It is going to be a fun week covering high school sports.
I remember traveling to Benson in late August to broadcast my first high school volleyball match of the fall. Lac qui Parle Valley was opening their season against the Braves in a non conference match up. What I remember most about that night was the LQPV parents feeding me after the volleyball match was over. That night seemed just like yesterday and yet now we are in the blink of an eye starting section sports play and the regular season is over.
I spent Saturday morning at the radio station preparing for this week of section sports. I like to do my homework on the teams I will be covering. As Sports Director I have a number of things to do before I begin my broadcast of the game. I go on a number of websites to get information on each team. I try and visit with the coach before the game and also parents. I get a lot of my information about players from their parents. I was a Boy Scout and their motto was to Be Prepared. The more prepared I am the better the broadcast is. I usually have a full page of notes in front of me while broadcasting a game. I check over my radio broadcasting equipment to make sure I have what I need, I also bring a backup unit just in case something goes wrong. I also make sure I have enough Player of the Game t-shirt sizes and Subway coupons.
Section sports also brings with it some new responsibilities like paying the Minnesota State High School League a fee in order to broadcast sporting events. I contact the school’s Activities Director and let them know that I will be coming to their school to broadcast the event. I contact my broadcasting partner for that game and set that up. So you see a lot goes into broadcasting section sports on Q-92. Monday I have volleyball, Tuesday football, Thursday section cross country, Friday volleyball, then Saturday afternoon more section football. Let’s go!
Section high school playoffs are the best! I always look forward to it in the fall, winter and spring. It is win or you are done! There is nothing like it, the excitement of winning a section championship and going to state is amazing and I have a front row seat every year!