Bronson heads to Radio City for NFL Draft.....
TORRINGTON: The dream continues for a former Torrington Red Raider star athlete making her up the ladder at ESPN Radio.
On Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m., the National Football League will hold the 2012 Draft and Ali Bronson will be about as close to the action anyone not named Roger Goodell can get.
Bronson, now a production assistant with the worldwide leader, is heading to Radio City Music Hall to help the radio branch of ESPN bring the story of this years draft to radio listeners around the globe.
“I will have the NFL Network in one ear and ESPN radio in the other.” Bronson said. “I will be the fourth person to know who is being drafted next and need to get the pick to our guys on the radio fast.”
Bronson has been living the dream of most sports nuts; getting up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the business for nearly five years now.
Don’t get into a sports conversation with Bronson thinking you may know more because it will become clear to you in a big hurry that you just don’t.
This young lady has been a student of all things sports from a very early age and that passion has translated into a blossoming career that seems to have no ceiling.
It won’t be Bronson’s first time at the NFL Draft, just the first time she’ll be working.
“I went to the draft once before but not in this kind of role.” Bronson said. “Last time I kind of just absorbed what was going on around me. This time I will be right in the thick of things.”
Who will be the top three picks?
“Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford), RG III (Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor) and Matt Kalil (OT, USC).” the former track, diving and gymnastics standout said.
How confident is she?
“Not at all.”
Hey, you have to respect the honesty, considering how many supposed experts consistently get these things wrong every time!
Thursday will be a whirlwind day for Bronson and the rest of the crews at ESPN, the NFL Network along with every blog, web-site and radio program across the land.
“We will have a huge production meeting at lunch and then head to Radio City about five o‘clock.” Bronson said. “The draft starts at eight and we will be on the air at seven.”
Consider what you see on television.
It looks so smooth, as does what you hear on the radio if you are listening in the car, at work or on-line.
Behind the scenes though, a plethora of humanity is digging through every piece of information they can find out about any player that may go in the prized first round.
“We have prepared for 70 players who may go in the first 32 picks.” Bronson said. “That has been going on for weeks.”
The backbone of any great production is the crew that makes it all look so effortless, that’s what make Bronson a great fit and a person who is thought of highly in the ESPN family.
Her ultimate goal?
“To get myself on one of the weekday shows as the producer.” Bronson said. “That’s a hard title to get but it’s what I’m shooting for.”
The Big Three shows on the daytime radio network are the Mike and Mike Show (Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic) from 6- 10 a.m., The Herd (Colin Cowherd) from 10-1 p.m. and The Scott Van Pelt Show, from 1-4 p.m.
When she returns from New York, Bronson will prepare for a new assignment on her climb, this time on the Hill and Schlereth program which runs from 7-10 p.m.
Mike Hill and Mark Schlereth have been with ESPN since 2004. Hill has been in the broadcast business since 1995 while Schlereth was a guard in the NFL for 12 seasons.
Bronson has been heavily involved in an online auction at ESPN that raises money for the Jimmy V. Foundation.
For one day this summer, usually during the baseball All-Star break, the radio portion of ESPN does nothing but sell creative packages that raise nearly one million dollars per year.
“Somebody paid $30,000 to play golf with Herm Edwards last year.” Bronson said. “It’s my job to contact all the teams and get them to give us packages we can use during the auction.”
Has her time at the World Wide Leader in Sports been everything she thought it would be?
“Since I started, this has been much more than I have expected.” Bronson said. “I thought it would take forever to do the things I’m doing now.”
Take for instance, her experience during this years Super Bowl.
First of all, as a diehard New York Giants fan, this was a dream scenario.
“I helped produce our Super Bowl post game show this year from Bristol.” Bronson said. “It was great, we had four different reporters in the locker rooms trying to get players to come on the phone with us. They would throw their cell phones to them and we had them on the air.”
During the NFL lockout a year ago, it was up to Bronson to get some of the players to come on and talk about what they were going through.
“We tried to keep the audience current on what the players were going through and what their positions were.” Bronson explained. “Players representatives were hard to get since they were negotiating with the owners most times but we got some players on.”
The ultimate “Road Trip” for Bronson.
“Producing at the Super Bowl.” Bronson said. “That would be the ultimate.”
Considering what this former Raider has done since her days at THS, don’t think that dream won’t come true.
See you on the radio Ali.