Jump Start Your Sports Broadcasting Career

Oglethorpe’s Athletics department is looking for sports enthusiasts to join the Petrel Sports Network team. The Network has openings to call the play-by-play or provide color commentary for home soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and lacrosse events.  Both athlete and non-athlete students are welcome and—good news for those students who are looking to build their resumes—no experience is necessary. Interested candidates need only to be motivated and enthusiastic about sports.

The Petrel Sports Network was founded in 2007 by Hoyt Young, Oglethorpe’s associate athletics director for media relations. The program is one of only a few to host live stream of home sport match-ups and takes pride in its ability to enhance the experiences of both sports fans as well as the students behind the program.

“Ideally, the Petrel Sports Network … provides an opportunity for students to fast-track a career in sports broadcasting,” says Young.  Although it is still developing, the Petrel Sports Network has an increasing number of followers and would make a great addition to any aspiring sports broadcaster’s resume.

Contact Hoyt Young at hyoung@oglethorpe.edu for more information, and visit www.gopetrels.com to find out more about Oglethorpe’s Athletics department and to view archived broadcasts.

Photo above:  Hoyt Young and OU Athletics Director Jay Gardiner teamed up during the Petrel Sports Network’s inaugural year to broadcast on the road. The photo captures the moment immediately after the OU Women’s Basketball team beat the previously undefeated (32-0!) Thomas More College on their home floor to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16—the Oglethorpe program’s first time. Student broadcasters can be a part of moments like these.

Pictured right: The original OU student-broadcaster, Brian Chimiklis ’08, went on to work for several sports radio stations.  Read more about Brian and the Petrel Sports Network in the Fall 2010 edition of the Carillon.

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