UWG Alum Sam Crenshaw Gives Back

Sam Crenshaw, a University of West Georgia alumni and 11Alive news anchor, has constructed a website for college students interested in a career in sports journalism. A Birmingham native, Crenshaw received a B.A. in mass communications at West Georgia College in 1981. While at West Georgia, Crenshaw worked part-time as an announcer at WSB-FM; the oldest and biggest radio station in the southeast.

“I was in high school when I first when I was introduced to WSB-FM when a representative came to speak with my class,” said Crenshaw. “Originally I wanted to be the camera guy, but after touring the station as senior in high school, I was asked to complete an application and eventually received a part-time job where I had the opportunity to experience a lot of things hands on.”

Crenshaw also worked for The WOLF Internet Radio located on UWG’s campus. “When I was working on The WOLF Internet Radio, I was able to broadcast on campus, but we had a lot of creative freedom,” said Crenshaw. “I am so proud of how far the program has expanded since I attended and it inspired me to start Peach State College Sports.”

From WSB-FM, Crenshaw continued his career becoming a sports reporter and anchor for WFMY-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Greensboro, N. C. Crenshaw also spent five years as a sports director for WRDW-TV in Augusta. Additionally, Sam was a sideline reporter and play-by-play voice for college football on ESPN2. Crenshaw, a 2003 Emmy Award winner for Best Sports Performer, is searching for students interested in a career in journalism.

“I have reached a point in my career, when I think what can I do to help give back,” said Crenshaw. ”I think about what I can do to use my brand to lift up young people following in the same path. I decided to create a website as a medium dedicated to students interested in sports journalism.”

He came up with a page for those who want to pursue a career in communications. This is a page that is dedicated to college students around the state of Georgia and the nation to submit different sports or major events to help establish a name a journalist. Even those who are interested in photography can submit their photo gallery, letting the pictures tell the story.

“Journalism changes weekly so there is always something new to expect in the media,” said Crenshaw. “Always come prepared, be open and step up your production and editing skills. Putting in that time and effort is what can get you to the top. Conditioning yourself for what you may need to get you in the door of what you are truly trying to accomplish. With this website, students now have a medium to deliver reliable information to a mass audience.”

If interested please contact Sam Crenshaw at wordpress@samcrenshaw.com



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