Jeremy Bryant didn’t get the job.
The general manager of Foster Communications explained that Bryant had, by far, the best demo tape of any of the sports broadcasters who’d applied. But the three days it took Bryant to compile the audio was more than the GM could spare. He’d already hired another hand.
That, Bryant thought, is the last I’ll hear from San Angelo.
Three months later, the GM called again. The hire hadn’t worked out. He offered Bryant the job.
“Gimme two to three years. That’s all I ask,” his new boss said.
“I can do that,” Bryant said.
That was 15 years ago.
If you’ve clicked on a radio in San Angelo since 2001, you’ve almost certainly heard Bryant.
He’s the sports broadcaster on KIXY-FM, the most popular radio station in town. He’s called play-by-play for Lake View High School football during that entire span. He hosts the popular “Sports Huddle” talk show on KKSA-AM on Monday nights. And he’s the voice of Angelo State University athletics.
As the latter, he’s one of only two people to win the Jake Trussell Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year Award four times since its inception in 1971.
“This is everything I ever wanted in life,” Bryant said. “The people here are amazing and I get to talk about sports for a living. It doesn’t feel like a real job.”
If that were true, then the only real job Bryant, 39, has ever had was mowing lawns as a teen. While riding the mower, the native Coloradan listened to broadcasts of Rockies baseball games, imitating the announcers’ home run calls: “That one’s going and it’s not coming back!”
The 6-foot-5 Bryant played basketball one year at Hastings College (Nebraska) and majored in finance, intending someday to work for his father, a banker. Dissatisfied with finance and with Hastings, his pastor pointed him toward Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, where he studied mass communications.
A typical Bryant workday involves rising before dawn to record the first of his local sports reports. Then he makes sales calls and produces commercials for eight to 10 hours. Then he likely is broadcasting a high school or Angelo State game. He calls about 120 ASU football, basketball, baseball and softball games per year.
Additionally, he emcees most ASU athletic functions, serves on the Ram Club board and has been named an honorary alumnus of the year.
“Now, I’m just attached to it,” Bryant said of Angelo State. “I feel like I’m part of the program. That’s how they treat me. They’ve told me they consider me a vital part of the athletic program. I feel appreciated.”
He’s especially proud of earning the LSC Broadcaster of the Year award because it’s chosen by the conference’s member schools. That, he explained, reflects a respect for the professional, only slightly partisan way Bryant approaches broadcasts.
He doesn’t, however, think he’ll win the award a record fifth time.
“I’m sure they’re thinking, ‘This guy has won it enough.’”