Radio and Television, 1994
WYC-TV (PBS Affiliate)
I appreciate someone from SIU contacting me and other alumni in our field of work. To be honest, in my many years of working around the country I constantly run into many, many grads of SIU-C. The more you all keep in contact with us, the better it is for current students who I know have the talent it takes to make it in a tough line of work. In fact, I landed my first job at CNN in Atlanta because of a prior graduate of SIU that worked there and contacted me just because of where I went to college. He became a great mentor, and we still keep in touch after 20+ years! Please keep reaching out and let’s help more Saluki’s become professionals in the TV industry.
A little about me and my career….I grew up in nearby DuQuoin, IL and became very familiar with SIU at an early age. I had always heard what a great TV program they had, but really had no idea. After enrolling in the Radio/TV program, I could not get enough of this exciting field of study. After working hard and learning as much as possible, I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was quickly offered a job at CNN in Atlanta in the production department.
From there my career took off, and over the past 22 years until now has been a bit of a blur. But some of the highlights have been working as news photographer, editor and engineer in Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta. This included historic TV stations WGN and WBBM. I have also been a live sports camera operator around the country on many production crews for high school, college and professional sports, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, BCS College Football Championship and Olympic Games. And for a few years, I owned and operated a lighting and grip company where I provided production supplies and equipment for TV shows, commercials, music videos and feature films.
Currently I am the Production Manager for WYCC-TV, a PBS affiliate in Chicago. I owe it all to SIU and the College of Mass Communications, where the TV department has consistently been rated as one of the top programs in the country. But even as great as the SIU TV program is, it really is not about what you know, but who you know. Which is why relationships with alumni is so important.