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DSC_0333Scarlet and Grey Sports Radio gives real world experience

There are hundreds of clubs and student organizations at Ohio State but very few of those organizations will punch your ticket to just about any OSU athletic event.

Scarlet and Grey Sports Radio, however, is one that will. SGSR is a student run organization that does live Internet sports broadcasting. Students involved in the organization have opportunities to cover events from all of OSU’s varsity athletic programs, including some of the big OSU sports such as football and basketball.

Geoff Hammersley is a fourth-year strategic communication major and is the president of SGSR. He has been involved with the program since his first year at OSU when he discovered the organization as a happy accident during the involvement fair.

“In the four years I’ve been a part [of SGSR], I got an internship with Big Ten Network under their Student U stuff. I do some of the Ohio State women’s basketball games, so, I got all these experiences through the student radio,” said Hammersley. His time in broadcasting has also helped him segue into being able to expand his talents and write sports pieces, as well.

SGSR doesn’t just broadcast games from OSU, they also get the opportunity to travel and cover larger events, such as the 2014 National Championship game. Ryan Reese graduated in December with a degree in communication and did a live broadcast of the championship game.

“It was once in a lifetime. The theatrics were awesome and pageantry of it made it so special,” said Reese.

Reese plans to continue along in the field of media and believes that SGSR and the experience that it provided has helped to prepare him for post grad life.

While both Hammersley and Reese admit they hadn’t gone looking for SGSR, they were both appreciative of the time they have spent and the opportunities the organization has provided for them as members of SGSR also get the opportunity to broadcast their own radio shows and talk about other issues in sports, whether they relate to Ohio State or not.

While everyone that graduates from OSU will have plenty of experience in the classroom, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to pick up as much practical, real world experience as you can. For those interested in careers in, not only broadcasting, but media production in general, Scarlet and Grey Sports Radio is a great way to get started.

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Michael Mckelvey

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