After announcing UMass Amherst sports as a student, Mark has parlayed his experience into a successful radio career in a sports-crazy market.
When I got to campus, the first week that I was on campus at UMass, I made a decision. Whatever I was going to do on campus, I wanted to commit to it 100%, and that ended up being WMUA, which is the UMass student radio station. And that's really how I think things started for me in terms of being in radio. Going down to the radio station in the basement of the Campus Center and saying, here I am. How can I help? What can I do? To the point where my sophomore year, I then became the sports director. You can't get that experience anywhere else. I mean, that's basically giving you a job as a college student that a professional broadcaster would have and giving you the responsibility of being a professional broadcaster. I really think that it gave me the foundation, gave me the understanding of how to learn, and that's a big part of the experience as well. Kind of interpreting the world that you live in. All of my classes at UMass, as much as they were based in theory, you could find ways to apply it to what you were going to do in your career in terms of producing programming on the radio or actually being on the radio doing broadcast, doing sports shows. There's always something that will come back to me every single day that I was impacted by being a student at UMass. Every state has a state university. This one is special. This is a world-class university. My name is Marc Bertrand. I'm a radio host at 98.5, The Sports Hub in Boston. I stand for having an opinion, and I stand for UMass.