My list of people at Capstone Presentation...
Dr. B- This was a no brainer...If it weren't for Dr. B, I wouldn't be here today. From the second I stepped on Westminster's campus, I felt home, but when Dr. B told me how sports savvy the radio and TV stations were...I was in, hook line and sinker. Over the years Dr. B has proved to me that broadcasting, or doing anything worth while requires not just pure talent, and heart, but hard work and studying. All the talent in the world doesn't help you remember a visiting teams roster, but studying and understanding stats will. Bottom line, if Dr. B hadn't given me a chance, there's no way I'd be preparing for this speech.
Coach Dafler- Coach has not only been an excellent Athletic Director here at WC...but a great person. Without a doubt the best color announcer a play by play could ever ask for, Coach kept me laughing when I needed it, and knew when to take it down a notch. I could always count on him to know what was going on when I had no clue. (Though I'd never tell anybody that, I knew he thought I was crazy sometimes.) I'd like to show him what I've become because of his contributions.
Coach Terry Verrelli- Over the first semester, Coach Verrelli and I had constant communication going back and forth. A year of Wilmington football that nobody will soon forget occurred on the same year I did my senior project...The Greyhound Roundup. Coach gave me all the soundbites week in and week out, he gave me his time, his players, but most of all his respect. He was the first Coach to actually see me as not just a student, but a reporter. If I messed up a question, he would make it so it made sense. A great coach, a great leader, a great man. He helped me to where I am today.
Bob Hannon & Bill Castrovince- I've met many sportscasters, many reporters, many people in general in my life, but these two gentlemen take the cake. They taught me more things about the business than I'll ever be able to account for. From my first day to my last, they never took it easy on me, because they knew I wanted it to be real. I wanted to be the best I could be, and get the most out of my internship, and I did. I'd gotten nothing but compliments when I left for the job I had done, but it really wasn't a reflection of me, it was a reflection of them, and what they had molded me into. They made me realize that anchor/reporting was fun, but wasn't the only thing out there. They showed me to be creative, yet structured at the same time. Basically they showed me Sports Broadcasting. With their busy schedule I know it's half-near impossible for them to show up, but if they did it would mean the world to me.
I also wouldn't be mad if they brought my internship crush Angee Shaker.
But most of all I'd like to invite whoever reads this blog, whoever has followed me in the past, even if it's just for watching a package, or to say hello to me when I'm out and about. I want to invite you! Please accept my invitation to the Mueller Theater on the campus of Westminster College on April 30th at 6 PM. I'm going last so hopefully you'll be able to make it for my classmates and stay for mine!
Until next time, I'm DJ Yokley.