If you are reading this letter, you are interested in the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy and a sports broadcasting career, so let me share some thoughts with you. I am extremely excited to be a member of the inaugural faculty for the Academy. This is a ground breaking project that will provide dedicated students with a valuable competitive advantage as they pursue careers in sports broadcasting. It is kind of like getting a five-mile head start in the Boston Marathon or a 100 lap edge in the Daytona 500.
When I first heard about the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, I thought, “What a great idea!” The more I learned about the Academy, the more I thought, “Man, I wish there had been a program like this when I was a young guy dreaming of a career in sports broadcasting.” My pre-college broadcasting experience and knowledge consisted of calling play-by-play in my back yard as my friends and I played whichever sport was in season at the time. I didn’t even “make the cut” the first time that I auditioned to work at my college radio station. I was persistent, though. I knew that I wanted to be a sports anchor and a play-by-play announcer and I was determined to work hard and do whatever it took to achieve my goal. It would have been great to have a program like the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy back then! What an advantage it would have been for me to learn about the business from experienced professionals who had already achieved success as sports broadcasters.
I am really impressed with the management and faculty of the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy. I would not be a part of this educational endeavor if I did not believe that they are organized, well prepared, and keenly focused on the goal of providing students with the valuable tools and information that will help them break into the highly competitive business of sports broadcasting. There are thousands of young men and women who would like to be sports anchors, reporters, talk show hosts or play-by-play announcers The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy is not a shortcut to that goal, but it can be a tremendous launching pad for students who are committed to the task and willing to put in the time and effort to be successful sports broadcasters.
Take it from somebody who started his career in the 183rd smallest television market in the country and worked his way up the ladder to work at ESPN, Fox, and with the Los Angeles Lakers. Information + Experience + Effort = Confidence = Success. The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy is a great place to start your journey on the road to an exciting career as a sports broadcaster.
I look forward to working with you and helping you take the first steps on that journey in our Academy.
Sincerely, Larry Burnett