In 1988, Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the World Series caused the late sportscaster Jack Buck to bellow “I can’t believe what I just saw!” At the time, his 19-year old son Joe was an undergraduate at Indiana University. Just six years later, Joe Buck would follow in his dad’s footsteps. He would become the youngest announcer ever to broadcast a regular slate of NFL games when he was hired by the Fox network. At the time, Joe Buck was just 25 years old.
It’s easy to shout “nepotism!” here. And I think it’s relatively safe to say Joe Buck might not be in the position of a seasoned, award-winning network announcer if not for being the progeny of a sportscasting father. In fact, Joe himself half-jokingly said in a recent issue of a newsletter published by the American Sportscasters Association that the secret to breaking into the business is being the son of a famous, sportscasting father!
Fact is, Joe Buck is great at what he does. And the fact that he’s performing at a network level (much like Kenny Albert, Marv’s son) should not be held against them. What I’m saying is, it’s not their fault they are who they are and that their fathers’ positions gave them the opportunity to have a leg up. It’s when you get that leg up, then the question becomes, can you stand on your own two feet? Can you deliver the kind of performance that’s tantamount to the level at which you’re working? The answer in both Joe Buck and Kenny Albert’s case is a resounding—you’ll pardon the expression Marv Albert—YES!
No matter who you are in this life, especially if you’re trying to make your way in an ultra-competitive area like broadcast performance, there’s no such thing as an unfair advantage. The thing to remember for most of you who don’t have famous broadcasting parents is you too can make your own advantages. This is done through a logical, thorough system of networking to the right contacts that can help you develop your career.
Who’s your Daddy? At www.marczumoff.com, we’ll tell you it really doesn’t matter. Instead, we’ll help you develop your career as a broadcast performer despite your genealogy.
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