I have KSR business cards. I have a KSR office. I even purchased a KSR visor from Kentucky Branded. After all that, I still feel like a dopey rookie. For four months now I’ve been posting UK Football stuff. I hope it hasn’t stunk. Here are 5 things I’ve learned throughout my short journey:
–KSR is a monster. I don’t mean that in a bad way. There’s no denying the popularity of the KSR Empire. I knew that coming in. But, I had no idea of the depth and scope of the KSR brand. There’s obviously the radio show, the website, show tours, golf tournaments, merchandise, and more stuff that I haven’t even heard of yet. Seems like every day I’m reading another new name associated with KSR. I’ve not met many, but man, there seems to be a bunch of them.
–Matt Jones is the busiest dude in the business. The man is everywhere. As a casual observer, I didn’t understand the extent of Matt’s responsibilities. His occupation looks fun. But it takes sustained dedication to regale all things UK on a daily basis all while juggling the other 8,000 KSR responsibilities listed above. Matt’s work ethic is undeniable. He’s built the brand from scratch. There’s tremendous pride in that. There’s also a great deal of work involved. Just imagine how many texts, direct messages, emails, and phone calls he has to return on a daily basis. I had no idea. Respect.
–Tyler and Drew are boundless editors and wicked smart. I was a KSR reader before I joined the team. Like most, I thought Drew was hilarious and Tyler was the glue that held it all together. What I didn’t know was that the pair manages the KSR website around the clock. As a blogging novice, I write posts then email to Tyler and Drew. They then add pictures or graphics and edit my material for the overabundance of grammatical errors. I greatly appreciate their support. Trust me on this, I’m a technological idiot. Telescope is beyond my reach. Computers are not my friend. Tyler Thompson and Drew Franklin must think I’m either a complete moron or a dinosaur. I will never, ever publish our group text messages. But I can say some are comical.
–Hitting send for the first time was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. No crap. I must have read my first post at least 183 times before emailing it to Drew and Tyler. I was scared to death. I’ve done a ton of radio and television, so I’m used to that process. Speak your piece, get up and go home. But when the information is posted, especially on a website that is as heavily read as KSR, my babblings are eternally on the internets. Terrifying. An early fear was that the KSR fanatics wouldn’t approve of the new addition. Other concerns were my own self-doubts. I worried that I couldn’t possibly write anything that would remotely be of interest. Truth is, I still get nervous before I submit a post. I hope that never goes away.
–KSR is dedicated to bringing you football coverage. There is a significant difference in radio and website material. Matt, Ryan, and Shannon crush the radio waves on a daily basis. UK Basketball and other off-the wall topics are what a significant portion of listeners want to hear. On the site, I’d argue that KSR has covered more football than any other Kentucky related media outlet. Tyler crushed Media Days, Women’s Clinic and her Korem post was gold just to name a few. Drew constantly posts recruiting updates, player profiles, and stadium construction apprises. Truth is, and I agree with Matt, there’s not a great deal of football topics to talk about during the summer months. That was until the four days of Yahtzee which was discussed in length. No offseason news is good news. Typical summer football discussions include arrests, transfers, or suspensions. When practice and games start, interest will peak.
I often get asked how I became a KSR football contributor. Simple answer really. Matt asked. I said yes. Best move in my fledgling, part-time media career. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
So there you have it. A rookie’s take on KSR. I’m having the time of my life. And remember, for UK Football coverage brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible, click on kentuckysportsradio.com often. Then refresh. We are going to have fun this fall.