Sam Rumpza

Major: Journalism

Years at IU: 2012-2016

What you did at IU: I got involved with WIUX and BTN Student U as soon as I got to campus, and stayed involved through graduation. I hosted a show for four years on WIUX and served as co-sports director along with Ben Wittenstein for my junior and senior years. I was one of the four main broadcasters for IU men’s basketball during my senior year, and I was a part of the Little 500 broadcast all four years. For BTN, I broadcasted men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, baseball, softball and volleyball. I also interned for Fox Sports 97.5, B97/Hoosier Country 105, WFHB and Jeremy Gray with IU Athletics.

What you do now:  I’m a producer for WIBC at Emmis Communications in Indianapolis. As part of that role, I’m the morning sports anchor for WIBC’s morning drive program, WFNI The Fan’s morning drive program, and statewide on Network Indiana. Starting in 2020, I serve as the producer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, including all IndyCar races plus races during NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 weekend. In addition, I’m a freelance play-by-play broadcaster.

What advice you have for sports media students: Treat everyone with respect. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself or reach out to those already in the field, the vast majority are happy to lend advice and talk to those coming up. Try not to compare yourself to others, just worry about your own journey and doing the best work you can. As exciting as it is to cover men’s basketball and football, you’re going to find awesome opportunities and stories by covering the other 22 sports at IU. Become as versatile as possible. Go see the speakers when they come to campus, not only will you learn more about the industry, you never know when it could lead to an internship or job. Speaking of internships, don’t focus as much on the big name, but find internships where you’re doing hands-on work and improving. And as important as it is to stay involved, don’t stretch yourself too thin.