Oakland Athletics play-by-play announcer Johnny Doskow
If you need encouragement to persevere to reach a goal, look nor further than the story of Johnny Doskow. After 22 years as the play-by-play announcer of the Sacramento Rivercats, Doskow finally got his break into the majors with the Oakland Athletics. Doskow can’t conceal his appreciation to get this opportunity at the age of 56. He shares with Dave the travails of working in the minors along with acceptance and finding satisfaction where you are. Doskow and Dave talk about the emotions of getting that call and sharing the experience with his family who had been along for the ride. He offers advice to broadcasters in any stage of their careers and what inspired him to write a book of Haiku, “Goodnight Em”. Nice things happen to nice people. We hope you enjoy the listen.
"I said it's probably not going to happen. I talked to my wife about it. I still love what I did. I love what I do. Calling play-by-play at the Triple A level is a lot of fun and it was something like 'If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't.' I was at peace with it the last five or six years where I looked at I'm an age where it probably won't happen. Let's be honest. Let's be realistic about it. But I never gave up hope and always wanted to get to the next level."
"It's never too late. My mind is set here. When I found out I was going to the (parole) board, I automatically said okay, you're going to get out the first time you go so let's start looking at your options. Okay, when you get out, you'll be 54. It's going to be a month before you're 55th birthday. That means you're going to have an opportunity to have a career in sports broadcasting. If you can make it happen, you can start at 55 and possibly go to 80-years-old, maybe 85.... so as long as your vision is good and your mind is sharp, you can have a job in sports broadcasting."
"For a number of years, you're lucky if you're even breaking even let alone making any money. I still remember saying 'yes' to high school sideline up in Sacramento for $125. So after I would drive there and back with the gas and whatever cheap fast food I was buying that day., I'd get ready in a Target of Bed Bath and Beyond bathroom.....and just having one more thing to put on the resume reel. One more practice because it's all about the reps."
"It was pretty surreal. I remember pulling up and I was trying to convince myself that I belong there that day. And it's obviously humbling to get to do something like this. Not a lot of people get that opportunity and I was trying to convince myself, 'You can do this.'