I am a Broadcaster
Many students are attracted to Otterbein University’s small classes, personal attention and opportunities for hands-on learning. At Otterbein, students don’t have to wait until they are upperclassmen to start gaining experience in their field. In the highly competitive field of broadcasting, Josh Overholser will have an advantage over his peers, because of all the hands-on, professional experience he has gained as a student at Otterbein.
“Many other schools, especially larger schools, make you wait until your junior or senior year before getting any hands-on experience,” Josh said. “That is not the case at Otterbein. If you want to do something, your professors help you do it right away.”
Starting his first year, Josh got involved broadcasting the Otterbein football games, and now he has been an intern with the Columbus Blue Jackets for two years.
“I’ve been privileged to broadcast over 100 sporting events. I recently received an award in Las Vegas at the national Broadcast Education Association convention for a radio, sports-reporting piece I made on the Otterbein football team,” Josh said. “I’m also proud of the internships I’ve landed with the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network and the sports department at WCMH-NBC4.”
Josh has benefitted from the individual attention and guidance he has received from his professors. His academic advisor, Dr. Jeff Demas, communication professor and director of television, encouraged Josh to enter a broadcasting contest in Las Vegas, for which he won an award. Professor Dan Steinberg also helped Josh make professional connections in the sports broadcasting field.
“Professor Steinberg has reached out to me and given me many wonderful opportunities. I’m not his advisee, nor am I a student in his major, but he still goes out of his way to help me, which means a lot,” Josh said.
“He helped me land my internship with the Blue Jackets, and he also took me to Reds and Pirates games with press passes to get a behind-the-scenes look of those organizations. He truly cares about his students and providing fun, learning experiences for them.”
While Otterbein provides valuable experiences in the classroom, it is also committed to helping students gain practical, hands-on knowledge at internships and professional experiences.
“Some of my greatest learning moments have come while interning with the Blue Jackets Radio Network, an internship I never would have gotten without Otterbein,” Josh said.
“This internship has given me the opportunity to interview professional athletes and coaches, write and produce stories that get broadcast on radio stations throughout the state, and learn from some of the best broadcasters in the NHL.”