|Thursday, October 08, 2015 04:46 PM|
The “Voice of Watertown Soccer” celebrates 25 years behind the mic
“I really didn't volunteer, I was approached by Gary Fisk, the cable coordinator at the time, probably because I was yelling a lot from the sidelines at the games,” Ray says with a warm chuckle. Since then his involvement has expanded to include play by play for Watertown High School football and basketball.
Ray’s commitment to public access television goes farther than calling sports. He is also secretary of the Watertown Cable Board and promotes the station whenever he can. “Watertown TV is an important asset for our community, it’s a great local resource.”
When he's not in the press box, Ray is the pastor of Watertown Advent Christian Church and a chaplain at Marquart Memorial Hospice and Aurora Health Care.
“Ray is a wonderful volunteer,” says Watertown TV Media Coordinator Jill Nadeau. “He loves calling the games and does such a great job. Especially with soccer, there are still a lot of people who aren't as familiar with the game and he has a nice way of explaining what's going on. He does his homework and is always prepared.”
Ray says his working conditions have certainly improved over the years. “When we first started we were at a picnic table along the sidelines, we had a handheld mic and that was about it. When it rained I had to hold the mic, my notes and an umbrella!” He now calls the games from an elevated sports box and uses a headset. One thing that hasn't changed is his love of the game and appreciation for the coaches and kids who play, especially when they score a “Goooooooaaalll!