Jason Romano Jason, Espn, New York discussed on David Chadwick
A pleasure having you listeners join me now almost eighteen years we've. Been doing this together and I certainly appreciate all of you who join me on a weekly basis well today I've got shoe I've been looking forward to for some time my guest is Jason. Romano who used. To be a senior producer with ESPN radio he is now one who oversees sports spectrum which is an interview radio process podcast which interviews great athletes and other people throughout the nation to help them understand their own faith perspective in light of what's going on in our culture so Jason written a book called live to forgive. That will look at during this segment we will talk about About his relationship, with his father that was very painful that he had to learn how to forgive him for some pain inflicted upon him but mostly we're just thrilled. To have Jason join us today to talk about his life and his present ministry Jason. Thanks for joining me David thank you for having me it's an honor to. Be on with you will Jason let's talk about your past who you are what's made you who you are, begin, with your early days Yeah so I grew up in upstate New York little. Town called Ravina New York outside of Albany. The capital of New York state and grew up you know I guess a normal kid in the eyes. Of what kids get to do parents were divorced. When I was six years old so I never really remember having. A mom and dad together in the home but sports was a big part of my life I certainly just normal intricacies of being a child. And, growing up my mom was with Iraq and keeping us sort. Of, on the straight narrow and allowing us, to experience the things that kids, get to experience certainly sports was at the, center of. That played sports loved watching sports look talking about sports with, my friend collecting baseball cards and football cards and kind of keeping my own little notebooks which stat so I was I was a, sports nerd from early on and that's kind of. What really kind of defined me if, you ask, anybody that knew me. A. Young age sports was the thing and you'll have to brothers that are both younger so I. Grew up as older brother oldest brother three and, just enjoy Loyd Mike my, time as a kid I think you know what. There was always this sort of boy, if you, will, that was there Certainly with a broken, relationship that, I have with my father, I didn't really start to discover that and know that until I was older but as a kid you know you knew it. Was there especially I look back and think about times as a kid and doing so many things that I got to, do experience, in my dad was either not around or if he was it was usually in a very. Unhealthy situation where he was probably you know. Drinking or or acting in a way that was not conducive to the, way fathers should act but sports is always the center of that and that's. What led me to college to study sports broadcasting and journalism and then eventually getting. A, job in the media working in local radio. Core I took a. Job at ESPN in two thousand and work, there for many years yeah. You were there at ESPN during its heyday it's absolute incredible growth, talk about that, for a second Yeah yes PF. When, I got there it was July eighteenth of. Two thousand you never. Forget your first day that's right And I worked there for almost seventeen, years and just the evolution. Of the place from the time I got there not just from a standpoint of the place build the amount. Of buildings they've increased, growth as, far as people in the growth as far as just the immense landscaping of the place you know it was. I think five buildings when I got ESPN, left it was about eighteen or twenty just campus the evolution of its growth it, was really, popular when I got there but it was mostly just the sports radio in. Sports television entity with the, web you, know starting to infiltrate into place into the lexicon of the way people consume, content but now when I laughed I mean I left my last job at ESPN was social media and digital media director. So you can see the evolution, because, social, media didn't even exist when, I started working there and then suddenly. It was it was a job. That I I was doing it. Grew immensely the popularity of so many of the shows and the personalities, that I worked with their it became part of people's daily DNA of what they. Were consuming when when people think, sports you know especially where to go with sports ESPN's the places we think about and that was that was evident I think in the work that I was, doing and seeing because I. Worked on the radio side the television side and then the social media digital media side you saw you know. You saw the effect, it was, having the amount of people that it was reaching it was it was quite incredible yeah bet it was my. Guess is Jason Romano Jason did work with, the SPN but he has a much more important work right now and Jason I, want to, give time for you to talk about that when we come back out of. The break working for sports, spectrum right, now interviewing Christian athletes all over the country and what's amazing to me is, you have been given a new ministry calling this a part of your pilgrimage that's outlined in your book live to forgive. And that's what I wanna talk Talk about today the very, pain you went through with your father. But the extraordinary opportunity that God gave you through his grace to a, new ministry calling I'm David Chadwick this is news talk eleven ten ninety nine three. WBZ t we'll be right back.