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Len Berman - Sports Anchor
Posted: 08/28/2006

Len Berman

What do you do:
Sports Anchor

Where do you work:
NBC 4 New York, New York City, New York

When did you realize your interest in sportscasting:
When I was doing sports reports and some games at Syracuse I enjoyed it and said, "Gee this would be kind of cool." I really naively didn't know how far or how long it would last. I really had no idea. So I just decided to try and give it a shot.

Why sportscasting:
When you do what I do in the context of a newscast you are given a blank canvas to basically do what you wish…There are a lot of writers and producers involved in the sports department but for some reason it's our choice. What's going to be the lead story today? Is it going to be the Yankees blowing a game last night? Is it going to be that Carlos Beltran may be playing? Is it going to be a football story? We have total control over it. On top of that we're for some reason permitted to give our opinions. Newscasters don't often comment on the news of the day. In fact they never do. But for some reason sports people are permitted to and that's very appealing.

How would you advise others:
I think the best advice is to start out doing it as early as you can and on whatever level it might be. It may be a college radio station or a high school newspaper. That’s the most valuable thing you can tell someone.