This time last week, I was in suburban Detroit preparing to go live on national television for the first time. I was hired by the United States Bowling Congress to be a part of the Queens tournament broadcast on ESPN2.
I should be prepared for this, right? I majored in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication at Marquette University and spent all four of those years in Johnston Hall at the student-run radio and TV stations. I've worked on the air and behind the scenes in the immediate environment of commercial radio. I have experience on camera hosting locally produced TV shows on CBS 58 and MPTV. Plus, I've spent nearly five seasons performing live in the stands and on the big screen at Miller Park as a Milwaukee Brewers Game Day Host. So, should I be nervous when that little red light goes on?
I suppose not, but there certainly is an adrenaline kick and a little bit of pressure that goes along with being a part of a live presentation. I felt more excitement and anticipation than nervousness. Kind of like a rollercoaster as it starts creeping up that first big hill. You're apprehensive and right at the last moment you wonder in a panic what the heck you just got yourself into and you want to bail out. But once it gets going, it's a thrill and you want to get back in line and take another ride.
I'd be more nervous if the focus of the show was directly on me, but it's not. My role is as host of the "Down the Lanes" game day desk, a first-time feature in a sport bowling telecast. I bring you commentary from pro bowlers Del Ballard and Jeri Edwards.
Sportscaster Dave Ryan handles the play-by-play and PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes does the color commentary. Barnes is put in a unique situation since he is married to the top seeded Queens competitor, Lynda Barnes.
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