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Lindsay McCormick

Sports Broadcaster

                      

   

Who was the first person that you interviewed?  How did it go?

I know there were a few interviews before this, but my first actual sit down interview was with Auburn receiver Kodi Burns. At the time he was the quarterback and we talked a lot about what went into his decision to play for the Tigers over some of the other schools that were strongly recruiting him.  I’m sure if I were to watch that interview now I would cringe because of how much I have grown in the past few years. My first press conference questions that I asked over the loud speaker were to Kobe Bryant and that is still a memory ingrained in my brain. I must have asked decent questions, because when I went to cover the team again, he remembered my questions from that first press conference!  

 

What is your favorite part about being a sports reporter?

I’m an extremely curious person and I ask way too many questions to even my friends. Combine that with the action of sports and it’s like I am in my element every day! I feed off of good energy and what better place to work than around passionate athletes and fans? My typical day starts out with listening to The Dan Patrick Show and ESPNews while drinking hot tea, searching for the latest sports happenings, recapping the weekend in sports with my dad on the phone as we argue or agree about certain calls that were made hours ago, interviewing players at shootaround or preparing for the 3 hour live “The Fan” show that afternoon. My day ends in the gym lifting weights or running on a treadmill right next to a giant TV with some sporting event on it.  Even if I wasn’t a reporter, I would still start my morning off that way! That’s how you know you have the right career.

 

Who were your heroes growing up?

Reporter-wise, Suzy Kolber. She’s brilliant, asks the perfect short and concise questions, knows the game, loves the game and isn’t restricted to the sidelines.  She does it all!

Athlete-wise, I loved the killer B’s:  Biggio, Bagwell and Bell.  My dad had season tickets and would pull us out of class to go hours early to the games.  We HAD to be standing in line right when the gates opened.  First, we would watch batting practice and then we would grab a quick bite to eat before heading to our seats. However, he always wanted to leave right when the 9th inning started to beat traffic and we would listen to the rest of the inning on sports talk radio. But I will never forget how he learned his lesson when the Astros played the Braves in the NL Division Series in ‘05.  He and my brother left at the top of the 8th and the game went on for 18 innings only to be won by Astros Chris Burke hitting a home run!  That game won them the series! My dad hasn’t left early since.

 

What advice do you have for an aspiring sports reporter?

Everyone that I have talked to in this industry has taken a different path.  Knock on every door and find your unique path.  Make a reel with all of your work, and make it something you are proud of.  This sometimes is the only thing employers will see.  If this is truly something you are passionate about then keep at it! This was my favorite piece of advice that I ever received: “Champions don’t sleep. When everyone else is sleeping, I’m working!” A wise athlete told me this and this is the mentality that makes you successful in this industry and in any industry!

 

What was the most unusual interview you have had so far?

I finished asking my game-related questions in the Knicks locker room and I had to then find out for the ESPN The Magazine music issue who controlled the music in the locker room. I learned that if you bring music up athletes go crazy.  Somehow things turned into 2 or 3 of the players serenading me with Britney Spears songs. . .