Greetings, I am Nathan McCreary and this is my blog! Here is a little about my broadcasting career:
I have more than 19 years in radio and television broadcasting. I started my radio career at the Atlanta Broadcasting Institute in 1999 under the direction of famed WDRC broadcaster Bill Pearson. With my ABI certificate in hand, I was selected as an intern for The Kimmer Show with Kim Peterson on WGST (Clear Channel). I served as intern for six months and was offered a part time position as producer and fill-in talent. Wayne “No Offense” and I worked closely together on the show and are still great friends today. For the next six years, I worked for WGST in a variety of positions, including marketing, production, board operator, and on-air talent. When Kimmer’s time ended at WGST, mine did as well. I continued working in the media field as a freelance reporter for the Cherokee Tribune and in radio for WGNN and 680 The Fan covering high school football for Jeff Davis.
In the next phase of my career, I focused on finishing my college degree at Kennesaw State University. I graduated in 2006 with a degree in Communication/ Media Studies with a 3.69 GPA (Cum Laude). In 2006, I began working at Cobb County’s Department of Communications and TV23. The experience at TV23 was fantastic as I worked with Brad Plumley, Tom Estrada, Cornelius Pope, Craig Ford, Mike Lee, David Tyler, and Robert Quigley. I was introduced to video editing on the AVID nonlinear editing software. Again, I was fortunate to work in a variety of capacities, including, directing, producing, editing, script writing, story boarding, and on-air talent. I appeared in several public service announcements and hosted the annual East Cobber Parade. I also did work in graphic design with Craig Ford. One of my most successful accomplishments was being awarded a Telly for an informative documentary of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Teams).
While at Kennesaw State, I served as a staff writer for the campus newspaper The Sentinel. I was titled the Senior Staff Writer for my sophomore through senior years. I worked closely with the Athletic Department at Kennesaw State while in college. I also took a course in sports broadcasting, which was taught by the former voice of the New York Yankees and MSG Network talent, Dave Cohen. With the tools of sports broadcasting now in place, I set forth as the play-by-play announcer for Kennesaw State Basketball as the athletic department made the transition from NCAA Division II into Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. I have been providing play-by-play for KSU Owls’ athletics since 2005. In 2012, Brian Katrek and I shared duties as play-by-play broadcaster and color commentary for KSU men’s basketball. I spent the 2013 baseball season in the radio booth for Owls Baseball. I also have provided play-by-play for soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball. I have been honored to broadcast a first round Atlantic Sun Conference soccer match and several A-Sun Baseball Championship games.
In the fall of 2013, ESPN3 and the Atlantic Sun Conference joined forces to bring fans of great mid-major basketball a greater selection of games on the ESPN networks. I was fortunate enough to be selected as the play-by-play broadcaster for the slate of ESPN3 games at Kennesaw State’s Convocation Center. Lisa Cherry and Matt Sims did an exceptional job implementing the the ESPN package at Kennesaw State. The past five seasons, I have worked on all of the ESPN3 broadcasts for men and women’s basketball. It is an honor to sit next to Brian Katrek and Theresa Gernatt “Coach TAG” for the broadcasts.
In 2014, I began broadcasting with Andy Blanton and his amazing crew at Georgia Tech. I was blessed to broadcast with Brandon Gaudin and Roddy Jones for Yellow Jacket Baseball on the ACC Network. In the fall, I was asked to pair with former All-American Volleyball Setter, Kele Eveland for all of Georgia Tech’s home volleyball matches on the ACC Network.
Later in the fall I teamed with Jon Babul and Angel Gray to broadcast Georgia Tech men and women’s basketball. I continue to work with Georgia Tech on a variety of sports including men and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball.
In the spring of 2016, I was given an amazing opportunity to co-host the NFL Pro Day at Georgia Tech with Roddy Jones on ESPN3.
In the late spring 2016, I broadcast my first Lacrosse matches on ESPN3 at Kennesaw State. I was selected to broadcast the Atlantic Sun Conference Lacrosse Championships, which were hosted at KSU.
Summer 2016, was a huge step for me as I was added to the broadcast team for Kennesaw State football, which was to broadcast on PeachtreeTV in Metro Atlanta. I worked the sidelines for three games and was play-by-play for one of the games. I worked along side of Brian Katrek, Former UGA and Atlanta Falcon QB D.J. Shockley. Matt Sims and Amy Emery were the work horses behind the scenes. It was an amazing opportunity!
In the Fall 2016, I got a call from a longtime friend, Lisa Cherry, who works for Daktronics. She was contracted by the University of Georgia to broadcast events for the SEC Network. She invited me to broadcast a women’s basketball game at Stegeman Coliseum. I jumped at the opportunity and had a blast. The UGA staff was amazing and I got to work next to the lovely Keisha Brown.
Sports Broadcasting has become almost an obsession for me. I love my Kennesaw State Owls and am honored to be a part of their family. Georgia Tech has been an amazing opportunity working with Andy Blanton and Todd McCarthy. I look forward to continuing to work in a variety of sports broadcasts around the southeast. Fans can follow me on twitter @Nathan_McCreary.