Originally from Texas, Anderson had a very modest uprising to his extensive career. After his aspirations for being a professional baseball player were washed away while in college after baseball executives thought he would be a better scout than player. Anderson had to do some self-evaluation and soon found himself in broadcasting in baseball. He received his start with the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, serving as a radio/television play-by-play announcer from 1994-98 and from 2000-03. Then on, from 1998-2000, Anderson handled minor league and Little League baseball telecasts for ESPN. Anderson finally got his breakthrough when he got on with Fox Sports Southwest as a sideline reporter for the San Antonio Spurs, 1999-2007, where he covered the teams’ three NBA Championships. Also during this time, he called college basketball for the network from 2002-07 and worked at the Golf Channel where he served as a play-by-play announcer from 2003-06. Now currently, Anderson is coming up on his 12th season as play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers for Fox Sports Wisconsin, a position to which he was named in January of 2007. In addition to his role with the Brewers, Anderson has worked as a play-by-play announcer for Turner Sports. This impressive resume (via www.turner.com) includes:
Q & A:
What are your go-to catch phrases on air?
Anderson said he avoids using catch phrases on air and just calls it the way he sees it. He suggested that catch phrases are a previous generation kind of thing.
Favorite memory as an announcer?
Some of Anderson’s more favorable memories include:
Working in Sports takes a high level of commitment, how have you found your work-family balance over the years?
Anderson responded with that you really have to love the industry to do it. He spoke upon the fact that he has sacrificed a lot of time at home for his work. He thinks his life would have been totally different if he had a regular work schedule.
Favorite broadcast partner he's done a game with?
Anderson said he did not have a favorite, but a few memorable ones he mentioned were:
He also said from this question that he still texts or communicates with most of the people he's called games with.
Is there anything you would like to do in the future career wise?
Anderson said he would someday like to call a World Series or NBA Finals
How did the Brewers take it when you started broadcasting for Turner Sports?
Anderson said there was a lot of questioning if this was a stepping stone to something else, or per say a springboard to the next job. He never felt that had to be independent, although it did take a couple years to prove that he was fully committed to the Brewers. As a result of this, Anderson brought up the point that you have to find the right balance between showing some eagerness to advance your own career while still showing you love where your at.
Favorite places to call a game?
Also mentioned that he always enjoys working at the Kohl Center and thinks the Fiserv Forum is very cool.
Overall, the big message that Anderson reflected while speaking to the club was to be authentic in wanting others to succeed. He said your first job in sports is most likely not going to be ideal, but that shouldn’t prevent you from diving into the details of that position and assisting those around you. Anderson said the people he sees fizzle out with the Brewers usually have a self-centered mindset and are always looking to help themselves. Anderson suggested you should “be the person you would take under your wing”.
Thank you to Brian for making the trip from Milwaukee and taking the time to share his invaluable insight with our club about the ins and outs of working in the field of sports broadcasting, as well as his advice on how to succeed in such a competitive industry.
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Q & A
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Thank you to Jamie and Kate for taking the time to share their invaluable insight with our club about the ins and outs of working for a sports organization like MASC, as well as their advice on how to succeed in such a competitive industry.
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