“I think authenticity is something that I really want out of my sports radio that I don’t hear a whole lot.” – Isaac Ropp
Imagine latching onto a radio station, virtually right out of college, and sticking with that same radio station your entire career.
Maybe you crave an opportunity like that one. Or perhaps that sounds boring to you.
In Isaac Ropp’s case, though, it was the best of both worlds. Isaac went to a radio broadcasting class in college, talked to a local sports radio pro and worked all the way up from asking a superior for feedback on a sports update demo to afternoon drive host in Portland.
And he’s been at the same station for 15 years.
Hear more about Ropp’s secrets behind those successes and more in this episode of the PASR.
INSIDE THIS EPISODE
- How he fell in love with sports radio
- Getting his first break thanks to John Lund
- Creating a demo & getting a shot thanks to Allan Davis
- Working with Colin Cowherd, Gavin Dawson & Ian Furness
- The way he’d describe his afternoon show with Big Suke
- What he believes is critical for a long-term on-air partnership
- Which lessons he learned from working with Colin
- How his show with Suke has changed over the years
- The hosts/shows he believes do a great job in the format
- His pet peeves about certain shows in the industry
FROM THE GUEST
- Isaac’s Twitter handle: @IRopp
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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