I made a friend today in Jacob Wilkins, though I’m sure he’s more than happy that he made friends with me. You see Jacob would like to one day be in my position, the voice of a team in one of the major sports. So, knowing people like me could one day help him. But actually, it was I who reached out to Jacob…
Jacob Wilkins is in his first year as the radio voice of the Hudson Valley Renegades, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays in the New York-Penn League. Originally, I urged one of my clients to reach out to Jacob, hoping he would help that client record some play-by-play at a Renegades home game. Now at the time, I didn’t know Jacob at all, but my client’s entreaty was nonetheless warmly received. Jacob has done a terrific job accommodating him and allowing the young man to ply his craft. So, I in turn have now reached out to Jacob, availing myself to him. I’ve told him him if he ever needs help with his career, all he needs to do is reach out.
And I’d like to think THAT’S the way it works. That in the business of broadcasting, where employment is tough and the egos can be tougher, people can help people—even if that particular person is a first year broadcaster like Jacob Wilkins.
You can hear and see more of Jacob’s work at the Renegades official website: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t537
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