Andrew Smith

Major: Journalism (concentration in broadcast journalism)

Years at IU: 1993-97

What you did at IU: Four years on WIUS (now WIUX) sports staff, which included play-by-play of IU basketball, football, baseball, soccer and hockey. I spent the 1996-97 school year as the station’s sports director. Three years on the IDS sports staff, covering women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s basketball beats and later serving as the sports columnist. Play-by-play for IU women’s basketball on WTIU in 1996-97.

What you do now: Play-by-play for the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, in addition to broadcasting various high school and small college sports.

What advice you have for sports media students: Get as many reps as you can and make your toolbox as diverse as possible. Write as much as possible, get on the air as much as possible, practice whenever possible. Every opportunity is a chance to improve and develop your skill set even more. Never hesitate to reach out to others for feedback and advice. Step out of your comfort zones and do something that stretches you. I have been fortunate to have successful careers in both print and broadcast journalism because of my training at IU. The IU Sports Media program has so many chances for you to develop your skills we never had. In the 1990s, we essentially had WIUS and the IDS, and I took full advantage of both. I did a lot of haggling and creative scheduling with the station leaders for us to be able to broadcast a couple IU soccer games and the IU baseball Big Ten games on WIUS. In addition to having some of the best instructors in the business, you have access to state-of-the-art technology and many more opportunities to develop and launch your careers — including BTN Student U and The Hoosier Network. My only wish is I were 15 years younger so I could take advantage of everything you have in front of you. But most of all, never stop learning and never stop trying to improve your craft.