Broadcasting Student Broskowski is a Lucky Fellow

Michael Browskowski, center, and classmates Adam Studzinski, senior broadcasting major, Petersburg, IL, left, and Sean Ingrassia, senior broadcasting major, Chatham, IL, right, broadcast a WIU Leathernecks football game.

Michael Browskowski, center, and classmates Adam Studzinski, senior broadcasting major, Petersburg, IL, left, and Sean Ingrassia, senior broadcasting major, Chatham, IL, right, broadcast a WIU Leathernecks football game.

Some people are just lucky. Not lucky like lottery lucky, but lucky because ever since they can remember, they have known what they want to do. Some people know they want to be a teacher, or a fireman, or a doctor. Michael Broskowski has always known what he wants to do. He wants to be a play-by-play baseball radio announcer.

Just like his hero Cory Provus announces for the Brewers Baseball in Milwaukee, Broskowski wants to do play-by-play for baseball, but Broskowski wants to do play-by-play on the radio—not TV! And why does Broskowski want to do radio instead of TV? It’s because he loves the minor league teams and the minor leagues will always be on the radio.

Broskowski, a broadcasting major from Jefferson, Wisconsin, transferred to WIU in the fall of 2011 from Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a residential student at Kirkwood CC, he spent his first summer in Iowa going to lots of home games for the local minor league team, the Kernels. That’s right. Not the Colonels but the Cedar Rapids Kernels and their mascot is, you guessed it, a giant ear of corn wearing a baseball cap.

His second summer in Cedar Rapids, Michael interned with the team and was mentored by John Rodgers of KMRY in Cedar Rapids, and by the third home game, he was doing play-by-play. The minor leagues play 140 games between April and September—that’s 140 games in 150 days! Michael traveled with the team literally living out of motels—a different one just about every night. It was exhausting, but it was a great experience. Broskowski is quick to point out that two of the Kernels made it to the major leagues.

Broskowski is lucky because he has always known what he wants to do but he is also a “real go-getter.” He applied for and received an intern position with the Alaska Baseball League and spent the summer of 2011 based in Palmer, Alaska traveling with the Alaska Baseball League to their 44 games in 60 days—after August 1 you start losing daylight that far north. The Alaska Baseball League is a college league featuring some of the best college players from the lower 48.

Michael has already been hired for the 2012 season. He will be the “new Voice of Rochester Honkers Baseball for the 2012 season.” In a press release from the Rochester Honkers Baseball Club, Broskowski is quoted, “It’s a great honor to be part of the Rochester Honkers organization, an organization steeped in history,” said Broskowski.  “The Northwoods League has always been a goal of mine and to break in with the best franchise in the league, it’s special.” He will do play-by-play for 70 games in 75 days! You’ve got to love what you’re doing to work that hard.

Broskowski has had lots of experience at WIU. He’s done play-by-play for volleyball, football, baseball, and basketball. Broadcasting interim chair Buzz Hoon, says “Michael has been active in the department’s sports broadcasts since arriving on campus. Michael is a wonderful addition to our program because he is not only a terrific announcer, but also a good person. He represents himself, the department, and the university, in the most professional manner possible.

Michael is the kind of student that broadcasting and Western can be proud of. He’s a self-starter, he’s a go-getter, and he’s humble. He said he inherited his “gift of gab” from his dad who also shared his love of radio. If you follow the minor leagues, you’ll be hearing about Michael Broskowski for years to come.

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