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PASR71: Sarah Spain – ESPN Radio (Part 1)

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“It’s very difficult to ask a woman with no voice or respect or credibility in the industry to not be swayed by what they see and to believe that’s how to get there, if what you’re presented is a bunch of beautiful scantily clad woman and they’re continually getting hired, and you’re trying to do it old school and you’re not getting anywhere. It can be difficult to beat that system.” – Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain has done it all… and not just in the sports media world.

The once-aspiring comedian has also dabbled in being a restaurant server, a ring girl at a boxing match where no one spoke English, a character in a Chinese video game and more.

Spain knew where she was most comfortable and authentic in the working world, and that was sports.

And then she jumped onto eBay, and everything changed (you’ll just have to listen).

As with most guests on the podcast, her road to success in sports radio, TV and writing is a very original one, but this one is easily one of the most fascinating.

And in the end, her endless talent shone through. Her comedic style, intelligence and humility are on display in many places, including here on this edition of The PASR.

This is Part 1 of our conversation with Sarah.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE

  • Pursuing a career in comedy, acting, and stumbling into sports broadcasting
  • Going to work for FOX Sports behind the scenes after watching a TV taping
  • Moving back to Chicago, appearing on WGN and then hearing from ESPN 1000
  • How a unique idea on eBay helped her create buzz and put herself on the map
  • Why women are swayed by what they see and have to play the game to get noticed

FROM THE GUEST

Sarah’s Twitter handle: @SarahSpain

FROM ZACH

The Podcast About Sports Radio is proud to partner with Barrett Sports Media. For the latest sports radio news around the country, as well as insights and opinions from Jason Barrett and some of the brightest minds in sports media, visit the sports radio industry’s premier website barrettsportsmedia.com.

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