Hitting a Broadcasting Home Run

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Hitting a Broadcasting Home Run


Swift, Monte, Warrior - Citizen


SECAUCUS, N.J. - Opportunities are few and far between in the world of television broadcasting, especially in the highly sought-after field of professional sports broadcasting. Sgt. Dennis DePrisco, 207th Public Affairs Detachment out of Denver, was surprised to learn he was being offered a design apprenticeship at Major League Baseball Network's creative services department.

"I was excited, I was proud, but at the same time I was scared out of my mind," DePrisco recalls. "I didn't know what to think-I almost turned it down."

DePrisco was attending the University of Colorado as a digital design student when he learned of the one-year paid apprenticeship program, a partnership between the Major League Baseball Network and the Army Reserve Employer Partnership Office.

Launched in 2008, EPO's mission is to connect military-friendly civilian organizations who have employment opportunities to reserve- or veteran-status job seekers.

With only hours to submit his application and resume, DePrisco was not optimistic.

"My resume was chosen from a phone book-size stack of applicants," said DePrisco, who began his career as a combat photographer. "I never thought in a million years I would be chosen."

DePrisco, who is currently completing his apprenticeship in Secaucus, N.J., has a ten-year background in graphic design and began his career creating promotional videos and commercials for local gyms and mixed martial arts fighters in Denver.

"When I started this job, I was thrown right into the deep end, but the people I work with are so good at teaching and I am learning by the minute," said DePrisco. "MLB is so military friendly and patriotic. They are so glad to have me, and I am so glad to be here."

The "Boots to Suits" program was formed by the Sports Video Group's Veterans in Production initiative and uses a combination of unique civilian and military skills to help Soldiers more easily begin a career in sports television. …

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