Blake Froling

Sports Director, ESPNUP, Michigan State University

About Me

Experience

ESPN UP WZAM: January 2017-Present (Listen here)

  • Host of a daily sports talk show, Sportspen, from 4-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Play-by-play announcer for Westwood High School football and boys and girls basketball
  • Responsible for running station’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Edit and voice radio advertisements, station promos

Impact 89 FM Sports: September 2013-December 2016

  • Sports Director from April-December 2016 – managed a team of 32 volunteers
  • Play-by-play coordinator from December 2015-August 2016: set up training program at the radio station with 10 students involved, broadcasted men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball
  • Men’s basketball weekly podcast host since September 2015; beat reporter since September 2013
  • Over 100 articles and 40 podcasts published on the website

Spartan Sports Network: August 2013-November 2016

  • Field technician for football games since 2013
  • Assistant producer for Mark Dantonio Post Game Show since 2014
  • Board operator for other Spartan Sports Network broadcasts for four months

Crain’s Detroit Business – May-August 2016

  • (Click here for all content)
  • Full-time general assignment web reporter, with over 80 articles published
  • Three articles featured in the weekly print edition, including one on the front page
  • Assisted with photography and social media

Greater Media Interactive: May-August 2015

  • Writing intern during summer
  • Over 70 articles published for various radio station websites around the country, including WCSX and WRIF in Detroit

Skills

Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Audacity, Hindenburg, Microsoft Office

Education: Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in Electronic News – Graduation Date: December 2016

Awards

My story is probably familiar to a lot of people. I grew up wanting to be a shooting guard in the NBA or a wide receiver in the NFL. After hitting the age of about 11, I started to realize that maybe those dreams weren’t going to pan out. Luckily I had a backup: sports broadcasting. Ever since that realization, I have known without a doubt that I wanted to be a play-by-play announcer. It was the closest career I could think of to being involved with the sports I love so much.

My time at Michigan State University has only strengthened that conviction. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness a Rose Bowl, two Cotton Bowls, two Big Ten Football Championships, a Final Four and a Big Ten Basketball Championship in my three-and-a-half years. Being around the people who call these incredible events like George Blaha and Will Tieman has assured me that I’m on the right path. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to reach my goal of becoming a play-by-play announcer, even if that means covering a middle school rec league. Whatever it takes, I’m going to do it.

Twitter: @BFroling

Email: frolingba@gmail.com

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