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NBC’s ‘Doc’ Emrick prescribes

tips for landing first job

By Noah Bieniek

“I enjoyed the time. Doc gave really good

advice in how to prepare for life after college

and stand out to employers.”

During the conference, Emrick mentioned

that he loves and enjoys his job. He can hang

around hockey teams while working, and

there is no rule that says you must hate your

job. He said he’s had some tough days, but

he’s never hated his job. Emrick explained

that you go to school so you can choose

what you want to do with your life. Make

sure you can enjoy it.

if anything else needs to be done.

“All this is about what the competition

doesn’t do.” Emrick said.

“To have someone from his background

to want to come back onto campus is

awesome,” Dani McSweeney, the graduate

assistant for the Pittsburgh Center for Sports

Media and Marketing, said. “It’s not normal

for a college student to be able to meet

someone with as much job experience and

someone who is calling the Pens-Avs game.

It’s a great opportunity for all students.”

The Penguins knocked off the Avalanche in

overtime 3-2 on Wednesday night to hand

the Avs their first loss of the season. Sidney

Crosby had two points and Brandon Tanev

scored his first career goal as a Penguin in

overtime to give the Pens the win, all with

Doc on the call.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in

The Globe.

Emrick also listed to the students his best

job interview tips:

1. “Leave the Phone”- It’s a distraction.

2. “Give a Good Handshake”- A survey

in England in 2014 said two-thirds of managers

consider a strong handshake as a great

indicator, and it can either eliminate or keep

that person in contention for the position.

3. “Make Eye Contact”- Eye contact is

hard for every age group, but keep your eyes

on that person, and make them look away

from you.

4. “Always Overdress”- It shows respect.

Photo by Emma Federkeil

5. “Be early, and stay after”- On the

first day, all the workers will wonder about

you, and before you go, ask your supervisor

Photo by Emma Federkeil

It was a long ride for Mike “Doc” Emrick

in becoming one of hockey’s most prolific

voices in the broadcast booth.

On Wednesday Oct.16, the Pittsburgh

Penguins were playing the Colorado

Avalanche in the Wednesday Night Hockey

Game of the Week and Doc was calling

the game. So, on the Tuesday before, the

six-time Emmy Award winning play-by-play

announcer partnered with the Pittsburgh

Center for Sports Media and Marketing in

visiting and holding a talk on Point Park

University’s campus for students.

This was Emrick’s third appearance on

campus talking to Point Park students in

his career. He held a 35-minute presentation

of his favorite moments during his job

and telling stories to students about his

journey into the field of sports communication.

Emrick got his bachelor’s degree in speech

from Manchester University, his master’s

in radio/television from Miami (Ohio)

University, and then received his Ph.D. in

Communications from Bowling Green State


Getting his first job was hard, Emrick said

as he sat in the corner of the rink during

games filming himself commentating

during the action. He sent his tapes to the

Pittsburgh Penguins. Doc was notified he

made the top three but did not get the job.

Mike Lange did.

“It made me feel good even though I didn’t

get the job. It gave me encouragement that

I had something if I kept working at it,”

Emrick said to the group of students.

“Do what no one else will do,” Emrick said.

“Go to newspapers and stations, carry a sample

of your work and knock on some doors.

They will say they don’t have time for you but

just be politely aggressive. You will be turned

down a lot, especially when you’re trying to

get that first job. Just believe in yourself and

don’t quit.”

Emrick earned his first job in 1973 to be the

play-by-play announcer for the Port Huron

Flags, and from there he didn’t look back. Doc

has spent time working with the Philadelphia

Flyers, New Jersey Devils, CBS, FSN, ABC,

TNT, ESPN, and is currently the lead play-byplay

announcer for national telecasts on NBC

and NBCSN. In his career, he has called 40

consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs, 20 Stanley

Cup Final series, 12 NHL All Star games, and

numerous Olympic hockey games.

“Doc is one of my favorite announcers in all

of sports,” attendee Tyler Bornschlegel said.


Photo by Emma Federkeil