Mike Benton has the polish of an NHL broadcaster, but just like the players whose games he calls, he has to earn his time on the ice at the top. These days – and since 2015 – he has been calling the play-by-play for one of the elite teams in the Canadian Hockey League’s Junior tier, the Western Hockey League, the Everett (Washington) Silvertips. Every year a player or two gets drafted to the show from that team, and its just a matter of time before Mike gets his shot.
For now, he’s passing on what he’s learned about the business to others, as he has developed into a great storyteller as well as live broadcaster. He touches on the sacrifices needed to make it as a pro broadcaster, the support of his. family and young kids, and the positive influences he has inches broadcasting rolodex. And in this edition of Scorecard Scribblings, he shares new ways he is trying to reach out during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mike has a podcast of his own called “Voices: Up Close” and is doing some cool stuff on Cameo, too. Get to know a young pro in the broadcasting biz who is doing what it takes to get to the top level…. by downloading the Scorecard Scribblings podcast from your favorite place… or you can “listen” to it here on YouTube, too. (Once it is uploaded.)
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