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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ft. Thomas' Next Broadcast Star

While cruising Facebook a few weeks back and adeptly avoiding invitations for “Yo- Ville” and messages from a classmate from Econ 201 who I haven’t seen in 5 years, a group invitation actually caught my attention: “I Want Will Chambers in the Reds TV booth!”

Chambers is a Highlands graduate of 1997 and someone I’ve been keeping tabs with since college. I knew Will was climbing up the treacherous mountain of sportscasting glory, but that Facebook group, with over 800 members strong peaked my interest enough to catch up with him.

“The Reds thing was me just hoping to get attention that might induce FSN Ohio to give me an interview,” said Chambers. “Didn't work out, but my experience doesn't exactly fit their criteria for what they were looking for.”

He’s on his way. In 2009, Chambers was recognized by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as one of the Top 20 Collegiate Sports Broadcasters in the country. I knew Chambers had been doing play-by-play for Georgetown College football and basketball, but he’s also producing/anchoring/reporting for the NKU Sports Show.

“This journey is as rigorous as it gets, but it's in pursuit of the life that I chose. I alone said, this is what I want and I'm not stopping till I get it."

Chambers would be following a prominent line of national broadcasters from Fort Thomas, including Cris Collinsworth and Merril Hoge, but unlike Collinsworth and Hoge, Will is a homegrown “cake eater.”

“I talked with (Coach) Dale Mueller several times in the off-season,” Chambers said. “He loves the fact that two Fort Thomas (residents) are on TV, but was particularly hoping to get a true Bluebird product on the national stage, which I thought was very touching.”

Maybe it’s the fact that when I am watching John Wall slice through opposing defenses, I am secretly commentating the game in my head, or perhaps it’s because when he makes it, I’d like to say, “I knew him when…” Regardless of any of those, like Coach Mueller, I’m rooting for Chambers.

“This job and the work I put into it is what defines me,” said Chambers. “I have given my whole life to this. My family and I hope and believe the work will pay dividends very soon."

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