WNUR Sports staffer Will Greer explains the impact WNUR Sports has had on his college experience as part of WNUR’s Sportsathon. If you would like to contribute, click here and follow the instructions.
It’s dangerously easy to take for granted how cool of a gig we have at WNUR Sports.
Think about it: as unproven, wannabe sportscasters, we get to regularly broadcast Big Ten football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, and – hopefully one day – fencing. How many college students are able to say that? (I’m fairly certain the answer is not many.)
From The Big House to Assembly Hall, from bowl games to NCAA Tournament ones, we get to travel with Northwestern teams, put on a headset, and be heard on the radio in the Chicagoland area and around the world. That’s pretty darn cool.
We’ve all heard the famous saying, “Pretty darn cool things don’t grow on trees.” There’s a reason why that adage has persisted from generation to generation through the years. It’s super true.
I feel as though I’m getting to the point of the testimonial where it’s time to make a point, so here goes nothing.
I will always be extremely grateful for the fact that so many before me built WNUR Sports into what I slantingly believe to be one of the top organizations on campus.
Having enough funding to buy some of the industry’s best equipment, building solid relationships with the athletics department (relationships that allow us to travel on team planes, provide flagship coverage of the women’s basketball team, etc.), and developing an extremely logical organizational structure doesn’t happen overnight.
Just as I feel as though I take for granted how cool some of my experiences in over two years as a WNUR Sports staffer have been – my top two are calling Northwestern softball NCAA games in Athens, Georgia and calling a football game from Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, in case you were wondering – I also absolutely take for granted how perfect of a situation I walked into freshman year.
As I reflect on the organizational strength of WNUR Sports, I can’t help but think of the no doubt hundreds of student radio stations across the country that lack the opportunities that have been afforded to me.
I’ve wanted to be a sports broadcaster since I was five years old and chose Northwestern because of its well-respected journalism program. But it kind of blows my mind to think that I had no idea WNUR Sports existed back when I was making my college decision in March of 2014.
Little did I know then, WNUR Sports would eventually confirm my career aspirations, give me unmatched chances to hone my craft, provide the broadcast tape necessary to land two summer baseball broadcasting internships, and, perhaps most importantly, produce some of my fondest college memories.
And for all of those reasons, I will truthfully be eternally grateful for the pretty darn cool gig that is WNUR Sports.