By: Kailey Collar
Journalism is a broad career field with jobs such as writing for a newspaper or having a radio talk show. After spending quite a bit of time listening to and observing writers for different newspapers, I wanted to experience another aspect of Journalism: broadcasting. While in a building designated for broadcasting, there are different studio rooms throughout and they all are accustomed to broadcast on different radio stations. In the same hallway, studios can range from broadcasting pop music, to sports, to oldies. This exact scene is what I got to see when I got the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Midwest Family Broadcasting building.
In his studio, Dan Kasper has sports accessories galore. He runs “The Morning Locker Room” on Sports Talk 105.1, which runs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. This four hour show didn’t happen overnight, however. Kasper’s sports broadcasting career started out with an every other day two-minute segment, which turned into a 10-minute segment five days a week, which turned into half an hour, to an hour, to three hours, and now he has his own four hour show, five days a week. What’s Kasper’s advice on job seeking?
I had the privilege of being in-studio with Kasper while he was on the air and the experience was fascinating. Whenever there was a commercial break from the show, that didn’t necessarily mean “down-time” for the broadcasters. During commercials, often times Kasper had to go into other studios to give a sports report. Although some parts of the morning are hectic, what isn’t hectic is the show itself. It feels “just like a regular conversation” as I mentioned when Kasper gave me the opportunity to talk on the air.
Kasper began his college career at UW-Barron County where he then transferred to UW-Wood County, and then finished off his schooling at UW-Eau Claire. His major wasn’t Broadcasting; it was Kinesiology and he minored in History. Before becoming a sports broadcaster, Kasper did not take part in any internships, but he worked as the sports director at the Wisconsin Rapids YMCA. Now, Kasper gets to do what he loves five days a week and experiences opportunities he never thought would be possible. He’s written a book about the Packers and has met a few famous sports figures, including people he idolized growing up.
Before my job shadow, I had no idea what broadcasting was like, but now I’ve fallen in love with the profession and I hope to become a radio broadcaster someday. Kasper showed me how laid back, fun, and exhilarating being a sports broadcaster is, and his passion for sports and his career made this job shadow an amazing experience I will never forget.