Growing up in Monmouth County, it was my dream as a kid to be a TV sportscaster. Watching the legendary Warner Wolf on WCBS-TV before ESPN, Warner was my gateway to great athletes and seeing their highlights. After starting my career behind the scenes at WCBS as an associate sports producer, I was able to get my break on-air in Ottumwa, Iowa. From there, I journeyed to Maine and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I spent fourteen years as the sports director at the ABC affiliate.
My greatest passion during my television career was covering high school sports and developing a special and unique bond with athletes. As time went on, it was amazing to introduce an audience to future household names. Whether it was watching film with Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman or introducing Clemson fans to the player that would catch the game winning touchdown in the national championship game, it was a thrill to see kids work hard and achieve their dreams. Our banquets produced over 25 NFL players and two NBA veterans.
I was quite happy being on television every night, but realized that a change was on the horizon. People are not consuming media the same way and I wanted to shine a light on high school athletes where I grew up. Moving back to New Jersey and quitting a job that I loved was a major risk, but the athletes that I have covered taught me that it is possible to carve your own path with hard work and passion. For three years, our cameras went to countless games in the Shore Conference. Their genuine support and excitement for our product is the reason that a one man website has become a flourishing company that is ready to bring the same high level of video coverage to every part of New Jersey. The best way I can thank them is to get our cameras to as many games as possible and continue to share their talents and inspirational stories.
I can be reached at Rich@jerseysportszone.com