ESPN Cleveland http://espn.go.com/cleveland/ is a sports radio station that produces and broadcasts many different shows including all Cleveland Browns games. My project was to shadow the co-hosts of “The Golden Boyz” which airs weekdays from 3 – 5. Aaron Goldhammer, one of the hosts, explained right off the bat that in today’s media, almost no one can do just one thing and be successful. “First of all you have to be prepared to work hard and wear a lot of different hats. If you think you’re just gonna be a baseball reporter in this day in age and that’s all you’re gonna do, good luck.” He also points out that knowing all aspects of the job will help get you further. “In the digital world that we live in today in order to be a good teammate with any media company including ours you’re gonna need to be versatile and flexible.”
“First of all you have to be prepared to work hard and wear a lot of different hats. If you think you’re just gonna be a baseball reporter in this day in age and that’s all you’re gonna do, good luck.” -Aaron Goldhammer
Aaron is a perfect example as his other duties involve cutting sound, being involved in content and business meetings, working with advertisers, helping interns learn their jobs, going on remotes and setting up a show and being an executive producer. During show time however, the focus turns to what Aaron and Emmett Golden, the other host of The Golden Boyz, will be doing on the air. They will get with their producer Tony Cartagena and start planning their show up to two hours before the show starts. Aaron however says that planning for their shows never really stops.
He talks about how the first thing he does in the morning is check his phone for what happened during the night and then will conference into the station and talk to his co-workers about what’s going to happen during the day and what topics they will be talking about. He says it’s hard to unplug because just about every aspect of life contains something that could be used for the show plus it’s his job to know what’s going on in the world of sports and specifically Cleveland sports including what people are talking about on social media.
Emmett isn’t as involved as Aaron but still has multiple responsibilities including producing late night content and keeping up with social media, specifically Twitter. “You have to do the show for your listener, I think that’s one of the most important things we do is finding out what our listeners wanna talk about and what they wanna listen to.” He also expressed the necessity to not focus on any one team or subject, and to, in the literal sense of the word, broad cast.
“You have to do the show for your listener, I think that’s one of the most important things we do is finding out what our listeners wanna talk about and what they wanna listen to.” -Emmett Golden
Emmett also talked about the importance of maintaining diligence in what you are saying. “Everything you say is on record, you gotta be aware of that.” He also pointed out that knowing your boundaries is very important. “Basically everybody knows what’s said, everybody heard it. It could become a problem but for the most part everybody’s a professional so you usually don’t get confronted unless you cross the line.”