By: Mark Foerster, Sports Director and Account Executive
Nine years ago, a high school teacher told my class, “your career should be something you enjoy doing every day.”
We’ve all heard that statement hundreds of times, but this time it stuck with me. I went through that idea in my head. “Well, I like sports,” I thought, “and I like talking about sports. How about being a sports announcer?”
It was that simple!
So I went on to receive my undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis in Electronic Media. During all four years, I was a part of the university’s student run radio station: 88.7 FM WICR. This station broadcasted all football and basketball games for the university.
I’m not going to bore you with the entirety of my journey in college, but one moment really stands out among the rest. It was my first time behind the mic.
Before anyone was allowed to be on air, all students had to go through a clearance process. You would bring a recorder to a local game, call it, and send the tape to the GM and student Sports Director for review. Calling the whole broadcast just felt natural to me and I noticed myself get more and more confident as the game went on. By the end of the game, I could feel myself smiling from ear to ear; I was proud of myself!
Then I listened to my entire call the next day and I wasn’t quite as pleased. Actually, I was disappointed.
Luckily, however bad the call was, that first broadcast started something I get to continue and improve on today.
Six years later, every time I think I’ve had a bad call, I listen to that tape of my first game in order to remind myself of how far I’ve come. I’m my biggest critic and THAT’S what makes me better.
Growing up, I always wanted to be an athlete…but at 5’8” and 155 lbs, I knew my athletic days were numbered. So, you could say I brought that competitiveness to my on air work because I’m never satisfied and that’s what continues to drive my passion in this profession. Some see it as negativity, but honestly it’s a way of humbling myself. There’s never a perfect broadcast. There’s always something to improve upon no matter how good or bad each broadcast is.
Right now, I’m a few weeks away from my third year as the voice of Delaware County High School Football and Basketball. This will be my 7th year of broadcasting overall. I also host two local talk shows and am an Account Executive for Muncie’s Sports Station 102.9 FM, 1340 AM, and WXFN.com. I’m fulfilling my dream job every time I get behind the mic.
I willingly give up my Friday and Saturday nights from August to March and most of my preparation for games is done outside of the normal 8:30AM to 5:00PM window. My work doesn’t begin once I walk into the booth the night of the game, it starts at least a week prior. Spot charts, coach interviews, and script writing for a single game takes 6 to 8 hours of preparation every week.
That’s when I remember the quote from my high school teacher. I have amended it in the last couple of years to be, “your career should be something you enjoying WORKING HARD AT every day.”
If you’ve read the previous blogs on our page, you’ll notice each one ends with how proud they are of Woof Boom Radio, and it’s true! We’re all proud to work here and I consider myself lucky that I do every day. I get to work with some of the most community focused, hard-working, and all around outstanding individuals I’ve ever met. Each part of this organization contributes to make Woof Boom Radio the success it is in this community. I can’t imagine a better place to start my career.