NEW CANAAN, Conn. Brendon Baker and Taylor Wilson are already recognized by their fellow New Canaan High School students as the voices behind the Rams Sports Report.
Now, both of the aspiring play-by-play broadcasters are up for a big regional prize: the MSG Varsity V-Award. The V-Awards honor the talents of local high school students in broadcasting in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Baker and Wilson are among the five nominees in the sports on-air talent category.
Baker, 15, a sophomore, is celebrating his second nomination in the category. Its always going to be exciting, said Baker, who has been interested in being a sports broadcaster since childhood. No matter what age you are, youre going to be excited.
In addition to appearing on the "Rams Sports Report," a weekly highlights show seen at New Canaan High and on Channel 78 in the rest of the town, Baker also calls games for New Canaan teams.
I love getting to call a football game on a Friday night, he said. Bakers biggest recent thrill was doing the New Canaan-Darien Turkey Bowl football game. It felt like I was covering LSU vs. Alabama, he said.
Wilson, 18, a senior, is enjoying his first nomination. Knowing that folks working in the tri-state area see what were doing and appreciate it makes you feel good and makes you want to keep doing it, said Wilson, who enjoyed being the voice of the New Canaan boys and girls hockey teams last season.
Wilson will head to the University of Missouri next fall to study broadcast journalism, possibly to become the next Mike Emrick or Al Michaels.
As much as both young men want to win the big prize, which will be announced May 31, each says theyre happy that New Canaan High has been noticed for its broadcast production. Brendon and I both have our own egos, but were thrilled that New Canaan has a couple of nominees. If either of us win, well be absolutely thrilled, Wilson said.
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