In doing so, I am very lucky to have been able to work with a few people that have directly affected my work in a very positive way. Those people are all seniors, and will be graduating later this month, meaning I probably won’t get to work with them ever again. This column is my way of saying thank you to them.
Through Marquette Radio, I got to work with Michael Wottreng, who gave me my first chance last year. Michael hired me as an assistant sports director and gave me the chance to meet people and have experiences I will never forget. He went from being my boss to someone who has become a great friend.
After getting hired by the Tribune in November, I was able to work with three guys who have each been fantastic to me.
Mike Nelson, who was editor of the sports desk until February, gave me the chance to write this column every week. I had a bit of writing background, but he thought I would do well for this paper. Because of that, I have discovered how well this paper is run and the great people that are a part of it.
Mark Strotman wrote most of the content on Paint Touches this year and showed incredible commitment in doing so. He would talk to players and write stories when he didn’t have to. But he did so to keep the Marquette basketball faithful up to date and entertained throughout the season.
Before I was hired by the paper, I would always read Andrei Greska’s columns, and every time I did I would always think the same thing afterward: “Wow.” So when I was hired to be the Thursday sports columnist, I felt plenty of pressure to follow up what he wrote. He has helped me improve my writing through his writing and editing. Because of Andrei, my vocabulary has forever been augmented.
MUTV has introduced me to two people that have both been great examples, and I’m pretty sure neither one knows how influential they have been to me.
Donnie Dwyer is the most enthusiastic and energetic person I have met in broadcasting. Through appearing on the MUTV show he produced, I’ve seen his passion for both the behind-the-scenes and on-air aspects of the show.
I know he has sent tapes to every station possible that is hiring, and I know one of them will see what anyone who has worked with him has seen and will give him the chance to start a successful career.
I also was an intern at 540 ESPN Milwaukee during my sophomore year, and I met plenty of people who have helped me grow. Maria Sapienza works part-time at the station and is also the director of Client Productions at MUTV.
I was able to work with Maria a lot at the station, and from this experience I learned more than she will ever realize. Saying Maria is fun to work with is an understatement, but she also knows when it is time to get work done. I have looked up to Maria’s attitude and energy ever since I worked my first promotional event with her.
It’s not only these six seniors who have greatly helped me throughout my time at Marquette. To the rest of you whom I didn’t mention, and you know who you are, thank you. While things about Marquette are fantastic. The people I have met and the friendships I have made are second to absolutely nothing.