Cyclone Nation is proud to welcome
the newest member of its staff. Brent Blum is a current junior at
CN: Talk about your experience in
journalism/ being an
Ever since I was a young one, I
imagined working in the sports media. When I was in first grade, when asked what
you wanted to be when you grew up I said, "Jeff Hornacek or Pete Taylor." Well,
I wasn't blessed with superior athletic skill (although I once beat Dedric
Willoughby in a free throw competition at Cyclone basketball camp), so I went
the other route. ISU has always been at the forefront of my mind. I have lived
and died with the Cyclones since I knew the difference between a win and a loss.
Goodness knows, ISU football taught me the value of humility. Every morning
before school from the age of seven on, consisted of Honey Nut Cheerios and the
sports page. I grew up with two other brothers, so sports have always been the
main topic of conversation. When I got to ISU, my emphasis was going to be
broadcasting. I have broadcast the ISU football and men's and women's bball
CN: Talk about your experience with the Mediacom competition.
The Mediacom competition was a shot in the dark. I saw an ad on TV and thought I would give it a go. Over 75 contestants vied for the chance to call a few plays in the booth with John Walters and Eric Heft. We saw several plays from the ISU-Iowa game this September on a monitor and announced play-by-play over the top of it. I was the second contestant of the day. I figured I had no chance. John Walters, Gary Dolphin, and several other media members judged the competition. Luckily, I won the contest and was able to broadcast the CU game with John and Eric, tornado and all. It was an amazing experience. Broadcasting in the same seat Pete Taylor and John Walters broadcast from was a dream come true. They were fond enough of my ability, to give me four whole series of plays instead of just a handful. I called the Ben Barkema 27 yard reception to give ISU the 10-0 lead, the Tim Dobbins pick in the Buffs' red zone to maintain the lead, and was also lucky enough to call the final victory formation kneel down. It gave me a taste of my dream job. Although, I don't think John Walters should be worried too much.
CN: What makes you the perfect
I think what gives me an advantage
over some, is I don't know any other way. I never really chose to be an ISU fan,
I am an ISU fan. I think it's part of my DNA. I remember fantastic plays like
Justus Thigpen's heave at CU from near half-court to win in 1992, but also
excruciating ones like Jaquay Walls' equal effort in 2000 to send the Fizer-led
Clones into an overtime, which ISU eventually lost. I couldn't tell you the
capital of the former
CN: What makes you excited about working for Cyclone Nation?
Cyclone Nation is on the verge of becoming the leading source of ISU news and coverage. Sure, you can watch the news, listen to the radio, read the paper and get some info from each. But, CN has all of the info centralized in one location. To be able to reach Cyclone fans from all across the globe through the internet is exciting enough. The fact that we can create a place of info/discussion where ISU fans can congregate in a way that makes you feel like you are in a room with all your Cyclone buddies.. that gets me excited. I hope to stimulate thought, and provide a different point of view from the traditional media sources. This is what I want to be doing the rest of my life, so I will do what I can to provide insight to ISU fans that have real jobs to do.
CN: What are your goals with the job?
I would like to provide thoughtful