After a year spent as weekend sports anchor/weekday reporter at the nbc (WLBT-TV) in Jackson, Mississippi, I've accepted a new position and opportunity in a new location.
This past week, I've moved and begun work as the full-time Sports Reporter at the nbc station (WPSD) in Paducah, Kentucky. In line with the objective of the industry, the job is another move "up" the business ladder. Jackson, Mississippi was market #90 in the United States, while Paducah is currently market #78.
What makes the Paducah position so attractive is the challenge of producing consistent stories and material from an extremely varied viewing area. While a relatively small town (pop. 30,000), the Paducah market has a very large geographical viewing area, beginning in Western Kentucky, and extending into Southern Illinois, Eastern Missouri, and Northwestern Tennessee.
As usual in the south, high school sports are of big interest, but there are 4 mid-major/football FCS colleges to consistently keep up with. They are: Murray State University, University of Tennessee-Martin, Southeastern Missouri State University (all 3 of the Ohio Valley Conference), and Southern Illinois University (Missouri Valley Conference).
One especially appealing aspect of the job was the promise of intense, continual coverage of Murray State's men's basketball program beginning this fall. The Racers won the OVC outright last season, and beat Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament's 1st round. In the 2nd round, they fell 2 points short and were eliminated by eventual national runner-up Butler. With most players returning from last season, there is great potential and expectations for another very strong season.
To close, we at Take 2 Sports always appreciate the readers who follow us as we keep up with the newest sports material. As long as we're employed with the introspective vantage point our jobs allow us, we'll continue to look for new, appealing stories to share.
Til next time...