Orlando Magic & Miracle
When I was a teenager I became a huge basketball fan. I followed former Syracuse Orangemen and NBA player Rony Seikaly's career. Seikaly was currently a member of the Orlando Magic when I was an sports broadcasting intern at Syracuse's WIXT-News Channel 9. I can clearly recall the last night of my internship when the sports director, Doug Logan asked me what I wanted to do when I graduated from Syracuse University the following May. I said, "Move to Orlando and work for the Orlando Magic." Well, there is something for the old saying, "Becareful what you wish for, for it might come true." For my wish to move to Orlando and work for the Orlando Magic became a realtiy. In December, 1999 I started my gig with the Magic.
While working for the Orlando Magic and the Orlando Miracle I had the opportunity to interview athletes, write feature stories, edit sound and visual highlights, and radio side-line report.
Through these opportunites, I made another one of my dreams come true. Since I was a child I always dreamed of interviewing athletes. I will always remember the first time that I interviewed a professional athlete. I was nervous, and had a dry mouth but knew that I had an opportunity of a lifetime. So I dug in my heels and literally grabbed John Amaechi and interviewed him. When my day seems bleak, I often think of this day and get a great sense of accomplishment.
I must give credit when credit is due. These dreams would never have come true if it wasn't for that special someone who knew my hopes and dreams and had the authority to make them come true. For me this person is Kati Ennis. I consider Kati my mentor. I thank the lucky stars that she came into my life. Kati is truly one remarkable person. If you ever find someone like Kati, hold on to them for dear life. This person will make the road of life a little bit easier. Thank you Kati for all that you have done for me. I really appreciate it.