Denton ISD Our Impact In Your Community Magazine Winter 2017-18 - Page 23
DISD: What are you doing now?
DB: I do radio broadcasts for UNT football and
basketball. I also am teaching some lab courses in
the UNT Journalism Department. I’ve also returned
to the classroom as a student and am working
on my master’s degree. I cover The Big 12 for Fox
Sports, so I go just about wherever they send me -
from Manhattan, KS, to Lubbock.
DISD: You’re a two-time Emmy winner – what was
DB: I co-produced/co-created a TV series with
my partner, Bob Steinfeld, that ran on Fox called
the “Icons of Coaching.” There were 13 episodes in
which we interviewed coaches I had met or knew or
wanted to meet. Mike Krzyzewski, Tommy Lasorda,
Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, and Bela Karolyi were
some of the coaches we interviewed. The category
we entered the awards for was “Sports: Interview
Discussion.” In 2014, we entered two of the
episodes – Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys’ head
coach and Bela Karolyi, USA Olympic gymnastics
coach. The pieces tied and both won for the same
category. So, I was giving my acceptance speech
for one and about to walk off the stage when they
announced the tie. I had to turn around and do
another 30-second speech, trying not to repeat
myself! I share those awards with Bob since he
did the visual pieces and I did the interviewing
stop would be a favorite place. There is no other
similar sized city that I’ve ever been in that has
that much going on.
DISD: Any advice for students interested
DB: Watch games and listen to the games. Pay
attention to how the games are being broadcast.
Listen to what is being said about the game, not
just the play by play. I started listening at such
a young age that I think I internalized it all and
made it such a study so that when it came time
to actually broadcast, it felt more natural. Find
someone that you think broadcasts well and
figure out why you think they do it so well. What
is it that they do that sets them apart? Don’t 100
percent imitate them, but find what sets them
apart and then create your own sound and style.
DISD: Any other thoughts regarding life as
DB: It was the ideal place to grow up. I don’t
think anyone ever appreciates their hometown
until they’ve grown up and started traveling.
Both universities added elements of culture and
ideas, more so than most towns (and still do). It
was ethnically and culturally diverse and it was
good prep for me once I got into the world. I had
already had the chance to mix with the different
cultures and to experience it.
DISD: Name one or two of your fondest memories
growing up in Denton.
DB: Evers Park playing little league for Boys
Baseball, Inc. is the first memory that comes to
mind. I played a year of Pony League after that
and got out of playing baseball as a 13-year-old
because I was more focused on becoming a
DISD: What are some of your current, favorite
spots in Denton?
DB: I live in Corinth, currently, but anywhere on the
Denton Square is a favorite spot. It is incredible
what has happened to it since growing up. I moved
away for about nine years when I was with the
Spurs and moved back in 1997. I couldn’t believe
what happened! You could blindfold me and take
me around the square and just about anywhere we