As the crowds roar loudly, you will find Austin Anderson providing the play-by-play for the games of the Chicago Bandits professional softball team. This summer, the sports broadcasting/sports information major is working as an announcer and sales intern for the Chicago Bandits.
A portion of his internship includes making sales calls to local businesses, selling tickets and taking on other office operation duties. Austin said this part of his day was the most challenging.
“Making cold sales calls is challenging; it’s the first time I’ve done that,” he said. “But that’s a good thing because many of the entry level broadcasting jobs include sales work.”
The latter half of his work day is where Austin shines. With each play of the game, he announces the live broadcast of the Chicago Bandits’ games. Anderson rotates between the roles of associate announcer, interviewer and play-by-play announcer.
“Being able to call games for a team on a consistent basis is great; I haven’t had that experience before,” Anderson said.
Anderson credits his classes at Waynesburg with preparing him for his internship. Sports Announcing I and II gave him the experience he needed and Sports Information and Management helped him see how a franchise operates.
“For this internship, WCTV, WCYJ, WUSN and GreeneSports.net have been the most beneficial,” he said.
Anderson said the Department of Communication taught him about what it means to be a broadcaster. He also noted that professionalism and preparation are the two most important skills he has learned from his professors at Waynesburg.
Over the past few years, Anderson said that he has been a sponge while learning from Lanny Frattare, who has had a very successful career in the sports broadcasting industry. Additionally, Richard Krause, assistant professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, has taught him about professionalism and what is expected of him in the field.
In July, Anderson was the lead play-by-play announcer.
“This was a huge opportunity for me, as I was the main announcer for 10 of the 14 innings during two games,” he said. “I was in charge of running the pre-game show and the [games]. Those were the two most important games of the summer for me.”
Anderson is taking the skills he has been taught at Waynesburg into the field of announcing, where he is applying what he knows while continually adapting to his surroundings.