Call­ing the plays at live sports events

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

Name: Reed Duthie Age: 28 Po­si­tion: Play-by-play an­nouncer and on-air per­son­al­ity

Job de­scrip­tion: Dur­ing a sports broad­cast, my voice is the nar­ra­tion for the ac­tion, de­scrib­ing what the view­ers are see­ing and why the ac­tion is hap­pen­ing the way it is. I have had the hon­our of be­ing the voice for the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs (OHL and AHL), Yates Cup, Al­lan Cup, ESSO Cup, Cana­dian Bowl, Mixed Mar­tial Arts events in Hamil­ton, Lon­don and Belleville.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing? It’s the job I had al­ways hoped to be do­ing. Sports broad­cast­ing has been a dream of mine from a very young age. The voices of some of the iconic an­nounc­ers in big games al­ways cap­ti­vated me and I wanted to be able to make peo­ple feel the same way I did, lis­ten­ing.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer: Fol­low your heart; if you be­lieve you can do it and you have a pas­sion for it, give it your best shot. Don’t lis­ten to naysay­ers but con­stantly reach out for con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and ad­vice.

Roots: Born and raised in Hamil­ton. Grew up in the east end, at­tended A.M. Cunningham, Me­mo­rial and Delta schools. Spent my child­hood bounc­ing around Rosedale and Park­dale are­nas as well as Copps Coli­seum (now FirstOn­tario Cen­tre), where I saw my first live hockey game in 1992: Hamil­ton Canucks ver­sus Prov­i­dence Bru­ins. Twit­ter han­dle: @rc­duthie iPhone, An­droid or BB? iPhone

Re­cent Tweet or FB up­date: My pic­ture, with Hamil­ton Bull­dogs lead­ing goal scorer Matthew Strome.

Net­works: Been with Ca­ble 14 Hamil­ton since 2009, and al­ways try­ing to get more in­volved in the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially on the sports side.

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town: Ye Olde Squire (es­pe­cially af­ter a broad­cast).

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton: The di­verse com­mu­nity; no mat­ter what you en­joy we have it in Hamil­ton, be it food, art, sports, mu­sic. This won­der­ful city blends it all to­gether in a way that’s im­pos­si­ble not to fall in love with.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city: In­vest­ment down­town and con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment from the east end to down­town. Over the past decade we’ve seen a real rebirth in this city. But to con­tinue that and im­prove on it, Hamil­ton must keep grow­ing from the east end through the down­town, adding business and jobs.

Con­tacts: Twit­ter: @rc­duthie; email: reed.duthie@live.ca

Quote: No one can take your dream away if your faith in your­self is as strong as the steel that built this city.

If you know a Young Pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this Hamil­ton pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­pec.com

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

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