Newspaper Profiles Broadcaster John Herrick '10

Newspaper Profiles Broadcaster John Herrick '10

November 11, 2013

"(John) Herrick, an Indianapolis native and DePauw University graduate, is in his third season calling high school and junior college games on the Chisholm Trail Broadcasting family of stations (KCRC, KNID and KXLS)," reports Oklahoma's Enid News & Eagle in a feature story. "He came to Enid in 2011 from Havre, Mont., where he read the news and weather and remotes, but little sports."

The article by Bruce Campbell describes how Herrick, a 2010 DePauw graduate, caught the sportscasting bug as a 6-year-old and cultivated his interest as an undergraduate.  "Herrick started broadcasting as a freshman on DePauw’s student radio station WGRE, doing three sportcasts per week. 'I realized I was pretty good at doing those sportscasts,' he said. When DePauw’s women’s basketball team qualified for the nationals in his freshman year, Herrick was told he was going to do the games. He got to broadcast DePauw winning the Division III championship ... He kept doing men’s and women’s basketball and added football his junior year. The favorite part of his job now is broadcasting basketball, tournaments, doing as many as 12 games over a three-day period."

Herrick tells the newspaper that he endeavors to regularly state the score and time remaining when calling a game. "I was taught by my advisors in college that your audience doesn’t know anything," he says. "You worked hard to get the information you have for the game. Make sure the John Herrick Rice Maguireaudience doesn’t have to work hard for it ... I don’t worry so much about the team and individual stats. The mothers and grandmothers want to hear their kid’s name and the score and time." (photo: Herrick, who worked on the national telecast of the 2010 Monon Bell Classic, with AXS TV announcers Kenny Rice and Paul Maguire)

You'll find the complete story at the News & Eagle's website.

John Herrick was a communication major at DePauw.  Read more in this previous summary.