Will Grubb has big sports radio ambitions

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William Grubb juggles school and multiple sports radio jobs.

Story and photo by Johnnie Adcox, NewsNetNebraska

If you love sports, you may have heard his voice more than you know.

He’s also in charge of big budgets, and yes, Will Grubb is a 21-year-old college student.

Grubb lent his voice to sporting events over the last few years and juggled his work as a student leader. But, sports has been a life-long adventure.

As a child growing in Houston, Grubb said he loved to spend time playing basketball and baseball. Grubb played basketball into his sophomore year in high school. While politics, law and current events always interested him, Grubb said sports had always been his biggest passion. Grubb follows all sports, but he especially loves Houston teams and the Huskers.

When he graduated from high school, Grubb wanted to find the right college. His mother is from Nebraska, so he decided to visit University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The journalism college’s radio station director and professor, Rick Alloway, gave him a tour. Grubb learned how involved the school was with college sports and discovered the college gives students plenty of opportunities to become involved in sports broadcasting. Since Grubb said he grew up listening to sports radio, he was sold on UNL.

But before he could move to Lincoln, Grubb needed to find a place to live. He decided to pledge Phi Gamma Delta, or “The Fiji’s.” He quickly made it up the ranks and became the president of the local chapter.

As the president, he made sure the budget was spent in the best way possible. And an annual budget of $250,000 is no small amount of money to Grubb. During his presidency, the fraternity needed a major renovation and was awarded $1.2 million for the project.

“I was not directly in charge of the construction, but I oversaw the project for the members.”

Grubb cares about fraternal duties, but working around sports remains his biggest passion.

Being a sports broadcaster offers many advantages. He said he gets to know the players and he connects with the audience.

“People identify with sports broadcasters the most; you know your announcer,” Grubb said.

Grubb also develops relationships with the players. Broadcasters and writers often ride with the team, he said. Those trips give journalists a deeper connection with the players. When this happens, broadcasters bring that excitement behind the mic while calling games.

Grubb also plays multiple roles in sports media. He is a producer and a part-time host at 93.7 The Ticket, he writes and hosts for Cornnation.com, and even works on the sports staff at KRNU where he covers Husker sports.

Last summer Grubb worked as an intern for an ESPN radio station in Houston. From August 2009 through 2011, Grubb hosted a weekly show on the journalism college’s internet radio station called Studio 201.

Grubb, who expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May 2013, said he plans to be working full-time as soon as he graduates.