Phil Dawson, sports director at ESPN Radio 105.5 does math all the time.
Sports announcer: numbers don't lie
Phil Dawson is the sports director at ESPN Radio 105.5 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He uses math all the time.
"When doing the play-by-play at a game, I have to read statistics and understand what they mean," says Dawson.
The numbers don't lie. Statistics tell him a batter's strengths, or if a team wins more games at home than on the road.
At the station, Phil schedules programs, commercials, and station breaks. He also has to schedule what he calls fillers, for the left-over seconds between programs, commercials, and station breaks!
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He does all this by adding the minutes and seconds, and fitting different items into different time-slots.
If he gets the math wrong, a break might overlap a program or cut off part of a commercial.
Advertisers don't like that. His station could lose business.
Phil gets paid a salary; the same amount every two weeks. He figures, "Some days I work 12-15 hours. On those days, I make about $4 per hour. Other times, I only work 4 or 5 hours a day. So, I make $12 or $13 per hour."
Some people work for themselves...