Steve was a sports junkie, and grew up watching and listening to sports as much as possible. In the early 80’s in Brooklyn, New York there was no cable TV, so radio was often the tool of choice.
He admitted that he was equally, into paying attention to the broadcasters, as much as the games themselves, but there were some events he went to in person that will always stand out for him.
Daryl Strawberry’s first game on May 6, 1983
The New York Giants playoff win of 17-0 over the Washington Redskins in the NFC Title Game in 1987
The whole playoff run of the New York Rangers in 1994
Steven knew what he wanted to do, at a very young age, and attended Syracuse University to announce sports. While in his first year there, he obtained an internship, and told me the best advice he can give is to “Never say no to any work, because it might not be what you want to do at the time, but you learn the overall business, and make the right connections.
In 1998 Steve was blessed to be in Lillehammer at the Olympics as a producer, and then in 1998 in Nagano went as on-air talent handling the Pre Game, Post Game, and Reporting. In 2010, he was in Vancouver doing the play-by-play.
He said he has grown to love the International experience, and that the Olympic experience is so amazing because it’s a break from the big business of sports, although it is a monstrous event. You get down to the core of the athletes, like the lesser known sports, as they do it for the love of the game, as you might only hear their names every Four years.
In between Olympic Games, not too many people pay attention to those sports, and some of the things these guys have to go through, just to do their sport, like raising money for sponsorship, practicing, and working an Eight to Ten hour day, it really is the essence of sport that is so refreshing to see.
I asked Steve to speak about what the average fan doesn’t know about the players, and he said it definitely is how difficult it is to play the game as often, and as hard as they do.
The Physical and the mental side, well especially the Physical is off of the charts, in that everything that these guys do in those 45 hours let’s say between games is geared towards that next game.
The physical demand for those Six months is something that if the fans got to see it on a daily basis, would marvel at.
Advice to a Broadcasting Journalism class would be to never say no to any job, and that a lot of it is luck, and being in the right place at the right time, and to do every job to the best of your ability. Be on time, effort, work ethic, because everyone notices that stuff.
When asked about a game day routine, Steve said he’s more of the 365 24/7 type of person in his preparation, instead of the cramming info type. It might only be 25% of prep work for him on days of games.
Head to the morning skate
Get line-ups of who’s in and who’s out
Target 2, 3, or 4 players based on who may have been called up, or playing against his old team, on a hot streak, or maybe coming back after an injury.
Write down some things to quote on the air later on that night
Afternoon rest, and not talking too much
TV production meeting around 5:00
Start the broadcast