Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Camp Experience at the BBIESBC (You'll understand what this stands for soon) 8/7/14

Hey baseball fans!

From Monday, July 28th until Friday, August 1st, I attended the Bruce Beck & Ian Eagle Sports Broadcasting Camp, a camp that is hosted in the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, NJ by versatile and experienced sports newscasters, Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle. The camp teaches students 13 and older about the art of sports broadcasting. It was probably one of the best weeks of my life and I want to share my experiences with you.

From Monday until Friday, the fun didn't stop. Beck and Eagle did crack some jokes, but they were also there to be serious and help all 61 kids in my class improve their broadcasting and reporting skills. We did a bunch of exercises, including reading off a teleprompter, doing a fake radio sports talk show, and interviewing fellow students and presenting our information to the rest of the class. We had many guest speakers come in as well, about two per day, and each guest had very interesting advice for their specific job, whether they were a former player who is now an analyst, a field reporter, or a writer for a magazine/newspaper. It was so interesting to hear each guest's story and I really enjoyed it.

One of the campers there that I became friends with is Sam Neidermann, the author of the sports blog, Sports On Fire. It's a really good blog and I suggest you check it out. Click here to visit the site.

Another great thing about the camp was that we took some field trips. On Wednesday, all 61 of us got to go to MetLife Stadium, where we viewed the football field from the press box and broadcast booth, and SNY Studios, where we got to see a day in the lives of Mets analysts. But undoubtedly the best field trip of all was on Friday, when we got to see a baseball game between the Somerset Patriots and the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. Why was it so special, you ask? We got to broadcast the game into our own recorders! I had a blast announcing, although I made a lot of mistakes. We even met the Patriots' manager emeritus, Sparky Lyle.

However, I would have made many more mistakes if I hadn't gone to the BBIESBC. It was truly an awesome week. If you, your kid, or your grandkid wants to learn about how to broadcast, then this camp is right for them. In its category, it is one of the most prestigious camps in the entire United States, and most of the graduates of the BBIESBC have jobs in broadcasting for many different studios. Check out the camp's website, if you want more information.

Thanks for reading about my experience at the BBIESBC. I hope you enjoyed it and check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

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