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Official Blog Page of the Mississippi RiverKings Interns

Between The Posts is a blog aimed at informing prospective sports industry interns of the opportunities presented to young people in the sports industry. In addition to profiling internship related material, Between The Posts also acts as a snapshot of the day to day interactions that the RiverKings interns face.

This blog will profile various Interns in the Mississippi RiverKings front office, detailing their responsibilities, but also their interests, and their excursions into the Mid-South region. In addition to providing internship related information, Between The Posts also seeks to help sports industry interns gain a better understanding of the industry in which they work, and ultimately hope to build their career. For regular visual updates to what the interns are doing, follow us on Twitter, @RKInterns!

A Little Bit About Us

RiverKings interns hail from a diverse background, boasting many different skill sets and academic fields.

Jake Powell

Jake is a current masters candidate at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Jake received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama in December of 2012, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at CBU.  He will Graduate in May of 2016.

Andrew Kiepe

Andrew is a Junior at the University of Memphis, studying Sport and Leisure Management.  Andrew is slated to graduate in May of 2017.

Austin Brown

Austin is a junior at Florida State University, studying Sports Management.  He plans to graduate in 2017, and is looking to pursue his J.D. after he receives his bachelor's degree.

Donnie Shea

Donnie is a senior at the University of Memphis, studying Sports Management.  Donnie intends to graduate with his Bachelor's degree in may of 2016. In his free time, Donnie coaches high school football for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN.

Prospective Interns

RiverKings hockey is always looking for prospective interns. Detailed information regarding the responsibilities and roles of the interns are listed on the Internships page at riverkings.com. Those looking for a snapshot look into what the interns do on a daily basis can follow us on twitter, with the account @RKInterns. Here, you can see the various opportunities and excursions afforded to the interns.


Perception is Reality

Jake Powell, RiverKings Media Relations Intern:

The first time you wear the headset, you learn that you control perception. What you say feels like gospel, as if the game sits firmly in your hands. It’s a rather enthralling feeling. It’s also a nerve-racking sentiment, as any small error can change how the listener remembers the game. Over the radio, an event can only seem as incredible as the reaction it evokes. 

It’s a complicated emotion, being the only person controlling that element of the game’s presentation. I’ve called two full games in the past week, and intend to call the first game of the playoffs tomorrow night. By listening to myself, and making mental notes of where I need improvement, I’ve come to understand the amount of work that goes into being a play caller. It’s a more fun than I’ve ever had at work, that’s for sure. Honestly, I’m impressed that people get paid to do something they love so much. 

As the cliché goes, “practice makes perfect.”  And watching hockey is no exception to the rule. To call a game is not just to watch it, but it’s also to analyze it as it happens. It’s keeping yourself on your toes for every movement of the puck. I’ve listened to my goal calls. There’s often a brief pause as I take time to analyze before I can report on what has happened on the ice. But, I do rejoice in the fact that this pause is diminishing in length with each game I call. I had the pleasure of calling the final regular season game on Saturday, and calling the overtime winner brings me as much pleasure as I’m sure it gives some broadcasters to call a championship game. There’s something markedly special about being the lone voice, being the voice that people will hear when they watch a replay, or a highlight reel. 

Perhaps I’m overreaching here, but this role is more than a job, it’s a responsibility. It’s a responsibility to both sets of fans, home and away. It’s a responsibility to paint as vivid of a canvas as possible. It’s a responsibility to the organization you represent, to maintain a sense of professionalism in every action that you undertake. I’m taking it as a responsibility to myself though. A responsibility to keep practicing, and to keep getting better. Because, as I said before, I can’t believe that people get paid to have so much fun.

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 8:18 PM

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