Yes indeed we have a new member of our sports staff at KTVB.
It's Jay Tust and I think you're really going to like his style of reporting. First off, he's a Twitter freak: @KTVBSportsGuy on Twitter.
Second, Jay has been an athlete nearly all of his life, and that background has helped lay the foundation for how he approaches a story.
I threw him a couple of questions the other day. Here are his answers:
How and when did you get the bug to be a sports reporter/anchor?
Jay: I think this is something I've known my whole life. Watching ESPN as a kid, I knew that was the "job" I wanted one day.
But tell you a real quick story. About one year ago my mom was digging through an old box of stuff she collected from when my sister and I were younger. She told me she stumbled upon a letter I wrote when I was 12 years old:
"My goal in life is to be a sports broadcaster."
The flame started burning long ago!
What do you like most about your job?
Jay: Interacting with and serving my community.
When I landed my first on-air job, this was something I didn't even consider. But getting involved and being a part of the local sports community is something I absolutely cherish and is what makes me LOVE my job.
Honestly, I can't wait to get some time under my belt in Boise so that I can become familiar with the people who are always at the big college and high school events!
How does your background in sports play into your approach to reporting?
Jay: As a former athlete, I believe I have instincts that help set me apart. I've walked in their shoes, therefore, I believe I can relate to today's athlete really well - on and off the field.
Furthermore, when shooting game highlights, I have a pretty good feel for the action and can anticipate what is going to happen (i.e., when a coach puts on a hit and run in baseball).
What kind of sportscast should viewers expect from you?
Jay: Passionate, upbeat and hyperlocal.
At my old job at KLEW, people in my community would come up and say "it sure seems like you love your job." That's probably the biggest compliment I could get because I do and that's what I want to portray during my sportscasts.
I have fun!
In terms of what you will get to watch, I like to stay local. I would rather air a story about something happening right here in our community than run a national story just to fill up time in our show.
Favorite hobby and why?
Jay: This is a tough one for me because sports are what I like to watch, play and talk about. But since I think you already know that about me, I'll opt to tell you I love spending time with my friends and family. Not living right by them makes me appreciate the time I get with them that much more. I believe that I have the best and most supportive parents in the world, along with the cutest niece known to mankind.
On top of that, my grandparents, uncle and friends have all positively impacted my life in so many ways - I wouldn't be the outgoing, caring person I am today without their love and support.
I can't wait for all of you to get to know Jay. As I wrote earlier, he has a good perspective when it comes to covering sports. Jay played two years of college baseball and then transferred to Washington State University to get his degree in communications. He says it was one of the best decisions in his life.
Jay: "First off, I'm proud to say I graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications. That school honestly prepared me to be where I'm at today - working for Idaho's #1 news station (doesn't that just sound cool?!)"
Welcome aboard Jay!