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Basketball is more than just a game.
For each of the Oldham County High School basketball team’s home games the past two seasons, one voice has helped energize those involved in the game and those watching it.
OCHS junior Tyler Anderson is the team’s public address announcer, creator of highlight tapes and host of the school’s student-produced television newscast.
An aspiring broadcaster, Anderson said he volunteered to take the public address duties as a way to stay connected to sports and gain experience in his career pursuit.
“It’s entertaining parents, players and the school audience,” he said. “It just gives me a thrill and it’s just an awesome experience.”
OCHS journalism teacher Bobbi Templet said Anderson has the drive to succeed as a broadcaster. Templet is the advisor for the school’s television newscast, OTVX, which features a sports segment called Blue Crew News, organized by Anderson.
“In journalism today, these kids have to learn to do everything,” Templet said. “You can’t just be an anchor. You have to be a producer, an editor, to shoot and write. You have to be able to do everything and do everything well if you want to have a good job. Tyler’s willing to try and he learns from his mistakes.”
Anderson’s drive has caught the attention of WDRB news anchor Gilbert Corsey, who mentors Anderson.
“He’s just shown me over and over how hungry he is to work in this business,” Corsey said. “That’s an unusual characteristic. You don’t get that focus, you don’t get that drive and determination from a 16 or 17-year old kid.”
To help gain more experience, Anderson hopes to shadow sports anchors at Fox affiliate WDRB this summer.
Last summer, Anderson volunteered to write stories and submit video about OCHS sports to MaxPreps.com, a national high school sports website.
Anderson also created highlight tapes using video footage and footage from OCHS boys’ basketball Coach Jason Holland for the team’s year-end banquet April 1. Anderson compiled the footage into 5-minute highlights for the players to use for college recruitment.
“I’m really grateful for what he’s done,” Colonels’ senior forward Kerry Smith said. “He’s such a caring person. If I get a scholarship, I’ll definitely be thankful for his work.”
Anderson used the footage for highlights for Blue Crew News as well. During OCHS’ post-season tournaments, Holland said he gave Anderson inside access with the team, including staying with the team overnight during the state tournament in Lexington.
“It means a lot because he sacrifices his time and he’s done countless work towards it,” Holland said. “Our guys really appreciate it and that’s just a memory they’ll take with them.”
Anderson said he hopes to narrow his focus to broadcasting and his goal is to be an anchor on ESPN’s Sportscenter.
“I’m a storyteller before I’m a journalist,” he said. “I don’t want to do a story if I don’t have to work for it. I always try to listen, try to find inspiration and see what I can do to be entertaining and keep everyone pumped in the process.”
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