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Bryan Ryder '92 - ESPN
Salisbury, Massachusetts native and Curry graduate Bryan Ryder '92 is living his dream. Not only does he get to combine his two passions, sports and traveling, but he actually gets paid to do it.
Ryder is a remote sports producer for ESPN (Entertainment Sports Network). Among the events he and his production team cover annually include: SEC College Football, The NFL, NCAA Division I Men's and Women's College Basketball, The College Baseball World Series and The NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
"Getting to travel around the country every week doing something I love is awesome. Before I worked for ESPN I had never even flown before, now I get to travel to places like Florida, Texas, New York, California, even Hawaii and Alaska."
Ryder describes his position as if he is the head coach and that his director is the quarterback, both working closely in one of those media trucks you see parked outside of the stadiums on game day, pulling the strings on the nationally-televised productions.
A few years back, he and his team were put in charge of covering the NFL Draft, a huge annual event in the eyes of ESPN and its millions of loyal followers.
"The preparation that goes into Draft Weekend is intense," said Ryder. "It may seem like it's only a two day event in April, but we start planning for it in December. It's a lot of pressure because there are millions of people watching, but I like that kind of pressure. It's fun in a challenging way."
Ryder has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work at ESPN by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has been nominated for the Outstanding Live Sports Series Award for his work with ESPN College Football (ABC/ESPN) and the Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction Award for the NFL Draft (ESPN).
As far as Ryder has taken his success, it all began when he was communication major and business minor at Curry College. He was also a stand out on the varsity football and baseball teams, captaining both squads his senior year.
"Growing up on the North Shore I had always been interested in communication and sports, but I didn't want to go to a huge school in the city," Ryder recalled. "The intimate size of Curry was perfect for me, and I was still able to reap the fruits of Boston."
And he took full advantage of all Boston had to offer, interning as a sophomore at the former Channel 56 news station, logging tapes in the sports department. He did so well that the folks there kept him on for the rest of his time at Curry and for two more years after he graduated. Eventually, one of the producers brought him over to ESPN, where he began his long journey to the top.
"There are two pieces of advice that I can give to students doing internships: you can never work hard enough, and never underestimate the power of networking."
Ryder now lives in Oxford, Massachusetts with his wife and three children. And although he spends most of his time on the road, he hasn't forgotten his roots.
"I owe my career to Curry. The school provided me with everything I have today. The tools I received from my classes and internships there have been invaluable throughout my life."
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