CMU students also learning how to be professionals

Not only have the Colorado Mesa University students learned what it takes to produce a live baseball broadcast this summer, they’ve learned professional decorum, something you don’t pick up in the classroom.

“The main thing I’ve learned through this is probably the game of baseball, and actually the professional environment,” said junior camera operator Tyler Paulson. “It’s something else to work in an actual professional broadcast.”

With radio broadcasters, print reporters, team scouts, public address announcer and official scorer all working on Level 3 of the Lincoln Park Tower, the CMU students quickly realized that, even in the minors, it’s a working press box.

Dan Flenniken, an associate professor in the CMU mass communications department and one of the faculty supervisors for the broadcast, said he’s been impressed with how the students have handled themselves. No students have failed to show up for a shift, and although they have a good time, they’re intent on producing a quality product and conducting themselves accordingly.

“It’s a professional environment that you guys (in the media) bring to it, and we have grown up through this. We’ve matured a lot more, I think,” Paulson said. “Just because someone isn’t in a room, and they’re out here (in the open area of the press box), they could be scouts and they’re scouting players and doing their work. They need quiet, too.

“We got talked to about that, and we came together and matured through it. We’ve come to a good understanding about it.”

Interns Kelly Parkhurst and Kevin Strong-Holte have finished their class work to graduate, and their internship is the final requirement before they go out into the real world.

“Broadcast was new,” Strong-Holte said. He was on the camera crew for CMU basketball broadcasts last winter. “I’d never been exposed to it until Sam (Kilman) started working at the school. Before then, I don’t know if the school had ever broadcast their games.”

Parkhurst plans to return to her hometown of San Diego after the season, relax a little bit, maybe do some traveling. Then she’ll start sending out resumes, which will include directing and producing a Minor League Baseball broadcast.

“I’d love to find something like this or a college job, something like that,” she said. “I’m still kind of up in the air. We lucked out (landing the internship). This is a great opportunity.”


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