General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Many say I’ve led an interesting existence. Funny how people who have lived a life that’s considered interesting by others, find it, on a personal level, to be just what you do.
That being said, here are the highlights:
BORN: Stamford, CT. 1960 (Eisenhower was president, though JFK was the president-elect at the time).
RAISED: Primarily in West Hartford, CT. Graduated from William Hall High School in 1978. School mascot was the Warriors. Need to see if they’ve changed it to be politically correct. After all, Connecticut is one of the bastions of liberal thought.
COLLEGE: Graduated from Ithaca (NY) College in 1982 with a degree in Communications. I think it was a BA. Wait, maybe it was a BS. I guess working in radio a BS would make more sense. I may never know since I lost my diploma in one of my many moves after getting out of school. In fact, I didn’t attend graduation since I already had been hired as a disc-jockey at a radio station in Westerly, RI, and couldn’t get time off from work. My parents loved that.
WORK: After bouncing around several small radio stations in Rhode Island in the early 1980’s, I began to work in professional baseball in 1985, calling games on the radio for the Bend (OR) Phillies of the Northwest League. I eventually made “AA” in 1988, announcing for the Jacksonville Expos of the Southern League.
After getting canned by the “Jaxpos” following the 1990 season, I was hired by the Greenville Braves to replace the legendary Jim Phillips. I spent the next 14 seasons behind the mic for the “G-Braves”. In all I called over 2,500 professional baseball games, landing two Southern League championship rings, three Atlanta Braves NL Championship rings and one Braves World Championship ring. They are in a safe deposit box. My oldest daughter starts college in about five years. Check E-Bay about 2012.
While announcing the Braves games, I paralleled as the play-by-play announcer for Wofford College Football and Basketball beginning in 1992. That’s how I came to knowSpartanburg. One of the prouder moments in my life came when I was inducted into the Wofford Athletic Hall of Fame a few years back. Like my college graduation, I missed the ceremony. The G-Braves had a playoff game that day. What else have I missed? Wait, don’t answer. Better not to know.
Through a series of events I eventually wound up at ESPN 1400 and somehow became the General Manager in June of 2006. I’m still scratching my head. I like my job because I’m surrounded by great people who are generally brighter than I am. Hey, it’s all about delegating…….
FAMILY: Top priority. My wife Jennifer is originally from Oregon. She was an all-conference athlete in high school and enjoys sports in general. I have two lovely, precocious, stubborn daughters: Samantha (13) and Emma (11). They keep me grounded. I try to help them find happiness. Sometimes they ask me to stop being so helpful.