It’s always interesting when you meet someone that is chasing a dream. From the outside, they seem to make crazy decisions that only make sense when you step into their shoes and look at the ultimate goal that drives them forward.
When we spoke to Jordan Kuhns, Director of Media Relations & Broadcaster for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, he was about to embark on a long bus ride to Norfolk, Virginia to call a game for the team. Once there, he would do the play by play for a great Swamp Rabbits victory, return to the bus and be back in Greenville the next morning at 4am. He had to be back; the team had a game that night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena at 7pm.
Likewise, our conversation with Jordan Lank – OJ – began with how he had traveled over 1900 miles for the opportunity to take another step in his professional career as an intern for the Swamp Rabbits. OJ, a senior at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State, shares Jordan Kuhn’s passion for broadcasting and the way their paths intersected and ultimately lead to this opportunity for OJ is a great example of one man paying it forward and another recognizing that realizing your dreams doesn’t come easy.
The two Jordan’s met over ten years ago at SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP when OJ was a ten year-old camper and Jordan Kuhns was a counselor. Even at an early age, OJ recognized broadcasting to be his goal and made sure to keep the connection with Jordan alive. As he finished high school and entered college, OJ would share demo reels with Jordan on social media, asking for feedback and making sure Jordan knew that he was still serious about becoming a broadcaster. It is a credit to Jordan that he would take time to mentor an aspiring broadcaster given the huge time demands he faces. For OJ, that connection paid off when he was offered the position of media intern with the Swamp Rabbits for this season.
While OJ has only been in Greenville for less than one month, he is enjoying the change of seasons not found in the Phoenix area and loves the welcoming environment that exemplifies our city. OJ also seems undaunted by the challenging hours that come with working for a professional sports team. Along with the myriad roles he’s asked to fill as a team intern, OJ also is continuing to take classes online towards his degree and seems to be thriving as he takes this next step in realizing his dream.
We wish him every success on that path.
Thinking about a career in broadcasting? Listen to Jordan and OJ as they offer their advice for anyone wanting to make a career in sports media.