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 that like? 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 and camera. 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 in broadcasting?  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 a Bronco? 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 sports broadcaster. 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 23