Dream Job: Where Are They Now?
With another season of Dream Job right around the corner, the success of last year's show continues to open doors for season one's ambitious hopefuls. Though there may have only been one winner, the futures of the other contestants continue to shine brightly. Here is a look at what some of America's most famous aspiring sportscasters have been up to since the conclusion of the show:
Runner up Aaron Levine returned to the friendly -- and warm -- confines of Palo Alto, CA for spring quarter at Stanford University, and plans on graduating with a History major in June (that is, if the NBA playoffs would stop distracting him from writing three research papers). Diploma in hand, he will soon send out resume tapes for a permanent sports anchoring gig and, depending upon Stanford baseball's postseason success, hopes to make his fourth consecutive trip to Omaha to cover the Cardinals in the College World Series. After a month of unwinding following graduation, Aaron will return to the Bay Area in mid-July to host/emcee the WTA Bank of the West Classic, where he will introduce and interview competitors before and after matches.
Following her Dream Job days, show favorite Maggie Haskins returned to Brown University and graduated in May. She has appeared on Fox WFLD-Chicago's sports show "The Final World" and on Providence, Rhode Island's "The Score" radio station. In August, Maggie will head off to Athens, Greece to work in production for NBC Sports. She is currently interviewing for both on-air and print sports journalism positions.
If you are disappointed that you won't see contender Zach Selwyn co-hosting next to Stuart Scott, then rest assured you will soon get your "Zach fix" on June 8th through June 11th when he guest hosts on ESPN's "Around the Horn". Zach will also be the color commentator on "Extreme Dodgeball," beginning June 15th on The Game Show Network. Since Dream Job, Zach has performed on a national radio commercial for Coors Edge, a new low carb beer. He also continues to pursue his musical career and is currently recording a new album, tentatively titled "Trail Dust Town."
Casey Stern is working for Major League Baseball.com as an on-air anchor and voice-over talent. He also hosts their lead-off and afternoon shows from time to time. Casey is the full-time host of MLB Plays of the Week on the internet and has become the "voice of sports", doing all of the SportsCenter -like highlights on AOL. He also does a weekly spot on ESPN Radio as the "Most Obnoxious Man on Radio". In addition, Casey has also pursued sports writing and is working on monthly and feature stories for the Long Island Press.
"What's up Ramma Lamma?" Since Nick Steven's departure from Dream Job in mid-March, he has done a great deal of work with ESPN Radio in New York, where his love of commentary landed him a job contributing to a weekly sports humor piece, entitled "The Third Half". If you loved Nick's light-hearted humor thrown with a curve of sports knowledge, you can now listen to him every week as he co-hosts a show called "The Sports Lounge" on ESPN Radio. Nick is also writing his first book, just shot a pilot for a new show and continues to grace New York with his comedic nature as a stand up comic.
Among some of Dream Job's busiest contestants is Kelly Milligan. Not only is Kelly's wife expecting a new baby, but he also went back to his job as a practicing attorney in Texas. Despite his extremely busy life, Kelly still finds time to cover sports. Two weeks after his exit from the show, he joined Millennium Sports, a radio network based in North Texas that broadcasts high school and small college games. He will also cover football in the fall. Kelly has made several appearances on local radio and more are planned for this summer. He has made guest appearances at the Frisco Rough Riders (Rangers' AA affiliate) game where he had the honor of throwing out the first pitch and did several innings of play-by-plays as a guest with the local broadcasting team. Though Kelly has reported that "there is a great amount of difficulty in attempting to break into the fifth-largest media market in the country", he remains optimistic and will continue the search for his "Dream Job".
Michael Quigley is "jump jacking" the competition for some coveted on-air time as well. He recently appeared on CN8's "Last Call with Lynn Doyle". He has also been doing radio broadcasts for the PA Valley Dogs of the USBL and one minute updates for WFAS, A New York radio station on the SYBASE CLASSIC.
Though Lori Rubinson may not have landed the sportscaster position with ESPN, she continues to compete off-air for her dream job by interviewing with various networks. Lori also joined twelve other sports experts for MLB.com's Fantasy Draft Experts Show. She can often be heard on ESPN Radio's show, "Wally and the Keeg", where she has been dubbed the "Rubinator". This summer she plans on traveling to the Adirondacks where she will be a tennis instructor.
Alvin Williams left Dream Job and went back to the "real world" and his quest for a BS degree in Computer Information Science. After a few months of late night cramming and sleepless nights, he graduated in May. Alvin is considering some freelance writing/reporting and pursuing the many opportunities that the show has afforded him.
And the Dream Job Winner? After graduating from Missou in May, Mike Hall packed up and settled into his new home in Connecticut. He began his new job on June 1st and is expected to be on ESPN's air by the end of June. Stay tuned for more info…