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"I'm the same guy, on and off. I think any fan that knows my work who comes up and says "hello" will see the same guy when he turns on the TV set," says Coshun. (PHOTO: Allen Fredrickson)

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Milwaukee Talks: FSN Wisconsin reporter Craig Coshun

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FSN Wisconsin reporter Craig Coshun keeps himself busy. Between covering both the Brewers and the Bucks, Coshun commutes back and forth from Verona, sometimes only seeing his two sons for an hour a day -- when he's not traveling with the teams on the road.

Still, Coshun doesn't call his job "work," and realizes that he's living his dream job. In a career that has included roles as television anchor, reporter and play-by-play announcer, Coshun is a veteran who's worked his entire adult life covering local teams.

Prior to joining Fox Sports Net, he was sports director at Madison's WMTV and cut his teeth at Eau Claire's WEAU. He eats, sleeps and breaths this stuff, and you'll never once hear him complain that he's tired of talking sports.

We caught up with Coshun recently at Miller Park. Enjoy this latest Milwaukee Talks. Between the Brewers and Bucks games, is there a day you're not working on TV?

Craig Coshun: The key word there is "work." I still haven't worked a day in my life, because I've been doing this since I could chatter in grade school. I thought to myself, if I couldn't be a ballplayer or a firefighter, I want to be broadcaster.

OMC: You've had a three-part career as a reporter, anchor and play-by-play guy. Can you tell me the Craig Coshun story?

CC: My real story was how long it took me to settle in college, to say to myself, "I can meet this challenge." It's a highly competitive field. I went to Oshkosh and transferred to Whitewater. I went to this bar and that bar and did that scene.

OMC: So you were a pretty fun guy in college?

CC: We had fun. But I finally found my niche in college cable and radio and writing. I just got involved. That helped me, because I got an internship in Eau Claire. It was my first job, before I was even done with college. It was one of those things, like, do you quit school and go to work? Absolutely, but I worked it out where I was able to finish up my degree. I did it, and I was finally proud of myself. From there, I just worked my rear end off because you have to take everything that comes your way. You're young, you don't need sleep. I did the second shift broadcasting on TV, for a year I did morning sports radio on FM in Eau Claire. Five or six days a week, I was doing something around the clock. It made me more rounded.

I moved to Madison after that, which was key for me. Sometimes you have to walk into things. Our station acquired the rights to Badger sports. There was a need for play-by-play, which was something I always wanted to do. Once I did that for eight years, ESPN regional came in, and I did more work with the Big 10, and finally got out of everyday grind in 200 of working behind the anchor desk and actually started working for a team -- the Brewers and the Bucks.

OMC: Do you like that side of the business better?

CC: Very much so. The ultimate in this business is working for the broadcast of a game. The preparation is extremely enjoyable, getting to know players and coaches and telling their stories. Letting the game play out, win or lose, and doing a post-game show. When it's done, you forget about it. You don't have to cover the Packers for seven more days after a loss and beat stories down to death.

OMC: Do you still do play-by-play?

CC: I do a limited basis for the Big 10 Network.

OMC: Does that keep you sharp?

CC: Just being in the business keeps you sharp. It's kind of surprising to say that, but I don't have a real heavy load because I'm committed to doing Bucks and Brewers. When you add up the numbers, that's a lot of dates, especially when you throw travel into the mix.

OMC: And you live in Madison, too. You must be on the road all the time.

CC: It's a long commute. Last night, we had a late game, a half-hour TV show, then Trenni (Kusnierek), Davey (Nelson) and I trade off doing WTMJ's radio post game, which is another hour after that. Then I went through nighttime construction and got home at 2 a.m.

My kids are in sports camps this summer, so I've seen them for an hour a day this week. Then we hit the road. You have to take advantage of that hour a day.

OMC: Is it hard to be an expert in both the Brewers and the Bucks?

CC: No, it really isn't. It's the same city, and there are so many similarities on how the teams are put together and run, and how the seasons overlap. It makes it kind of cool, especially when both teams are winning at the same time. April can be a really fun month in this city.

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