I was born and raised in Granada Hills, CA and studied psychology at UC Riverside. I have held a number of jobs including ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain, pizza delivery guy, waiter, gopher and then ultimately office manager for an accounting firm, and various other odd jobs. I even used to sell my blood for malaria research. I have always had a love of sports and developed a love for radio after spending hours in the car listening to local sports talk. It is this passion that inspired me to go back to school to study broadcasting. I started with Fox Sports Radio Network in 2004 while still in school and am now the Senior News Producer -- the guy in charge of making sure we have play-by-play and post game sound bytes to play on-air for our shows and updates. Many of the guys you hear on RAW have worked in my department in some capacity.
I am generally frustrated with how people treat each other, especially those they love the most. I hope to spread the gospel of tolerance and respect for each other, which I believe is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. I believe that in order for a relationship to succeed, all one needs to do is follow the “Golden Rule” by doing unto others as you would have done to you and treating people how you would like to be treated. I believe life is what you make of it, and everyone deserves to find somebody to share that life with.
If you haven’t seen Serena Williams’ act on the hallowed courts of
After destroying Maria Sharapova to win the gold medal in the Olympics and complete her career “Golden Slam” (all 4 majors and an Olympic gold), she celebrated with the infamous “Crip Walk”, a dance popularized by the also infamous
She has been alternately excused and blistered for her choice. Many say it is not a big deal and Serena shouldn’t have to take so much heat. Others say it was a mistake. Still others are angry and disgusted at her behavior. I, however, think she should be lauded for her celebration. This is her culture we are talking about. This is where she grew up. This was not some attempt to glorify gang violence, merely an opportunity to share her culture with the world. In other words: to represent. Isn’t that what the Olympics are all about? Aren’t we all supposed to open ourselves to the different cultures around the world and applaud them for what they have achieved?
Serena grew up around gangs and violence and her dance showed the entire world where she is from. She is strong, outspoken, competitive, smart, successful, beautiful, confident and capable. More significantly though, she is a CHAMPION on every stage her sport has to offer. She has beaten the best and proven that she is among the greatest tennis players who have ever lived. Doing that dance pays homage to her roots and reminds us that she isn’t all of these things despite the neighborhood she grew up in, she is all these things because of the neighborhood she grew up in. And that she is proud to be a product of that environment. That is who she is and I applaud her for embracing her culture when so many might choose to discard it in order to conform to the expectations of “high class” society.
Serena is real. She doesn’t pretend and she doesn’t compromise. Her life story is a specific example that teaches the American axiom; anyone can be successful no matter where you were born or raised. I think it is appropriate that she represents that American value at the Olympics. She is an inspiration and I hope her Crip Walk celebration is seen by as many people around the world as possible. Go Serena, show the world who you are!