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  1. Hey everyone! I had a nice sit down with Chantel yesterday and we talked about 1st year as the Hurricanes Host/Rinkside Reporter. You can check out the interview here: http://www.sholdmediagroup.com/smghangout-chantel/
  2. Hi everyone, I had the chance to chat with Chantel McCabe about starting her new gig with the 'Canes - you can check out the interview here: http://www.sholdmedi...chantel-mccabe/ SMG Featured Profile: Chantel McCabe 4 Feb 2013 Chantel McCabe by Taylor Shold Chantel McCabe is a success story if there ever was one. Just two years ago she was a sports management student, now she’s the face of the Carolina Hurricanes broadcast team. Chantel joined the Hurricanes broadcast team as the host and rinkside reporter at the start of this season. So many of the Shold Media Group membership is trying to move from college or minor league broadcasts and into the big leagues. Chantel took that big step in the off-season. Chantel comes to the Carolina Hurricanes Broadcasts from Springfield, MA, where she has served as a general assignment reporter for WGGB-ABC 40. Along with her work at ABC 40, the New Hampshire native has served as a sideline reporter for Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and covered events for the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Hockey East. McCabe graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she covered news, politics and sports for the school’s student-run newspaper The New Hampshire. Taylor Shold, founder of the Shold Media Group had a chance to talk with Chantel about starting her new gig and how she made the jump into the pro-ranks just two years removed from university. Taylor Shold: How has networking helped your career? Chantel McCabe: There are a lot of great things that come from networking. Obviously it’s nice to know people who could help you get to a job but you never know how that connection can develop. It’s funny how small the world is. Not everyone is friendly but being approachable and being positive can really benefit in the future. People remember how you make them feel. Taylor: How did you land your new job with the Hurricanes broadcasts? Chantel: With very limited broadcast experience and not knowing a ton about the Hurricanes, as soon as I found a way to get into the mix for an audition I read as much as I could about the history of the organization, the players, the front office staff, etc. I interviewed with John Forslund, our tv play by play personality, the team’s broadcast director and the GM. I had to do mock interviews and mock in game hits on the locker room changes and other topics. Even though I hardly touched on everything I knew about the team in my interview, it was important to me that I went in prepared and familiar with the organization. I think that made a big impact. Taylor: Talk about your first broadcast with the Hurricanes, it had some challenges didn’t it? Chantel: I had a pretty wild ‘rookie initiation’ for my first broadcast. As I was about to interview Eric Staal on the bench, my stage light caught fire. I then went to interview the team’s owner, and the camera was unplugged and my IFB connection was gone, and I had no idea where the reverse camera was or what was happening in the show. Plus there were a bunch of kids and parents on the small platform we were using, unexpectedly, which made the situation even more challenging. I knew that the broadcast had it’s struggles with technical issues and me being so new, I just thought to myself that I have to hang on and use my frustration to really make the next show that much better…and that’s what I did. Taylor: What has been the biggest thrill or surprise since starting your new job? Chantel: I’m very fortunate to be here. I thought covering NHL hockey would be something that would happen several years in my future, not a year out of getting a sports management degree. I have a lot to learn but I am so pleasantly surprised by how fantastic the Hurricanes organization is. I was timid and unsure of myself at first, but the staff is so welcoming and this team is full of players who are down to earth and easy to approach which makes my job that much better. Taylor: What were your feelings about having to move away from home to take this gig? Chantel: I never thought I would leave New England but I couldn’t say no to this job. I really enjoy the Raleigh area, and might never leave now. I’ve always been very independent, so I don’t really get homesick. I miss seeing college hockey sometimes and wish my girl friends came down to visit more often, but once it gets warmer down here, I probably won’t be able to get them to leave! Taylor: What advice would you have for someone trying to make it in broadcasting? Chantel: What worked for me is I was willing to learn anything. I ran the ticker at NESN just two years ago, and just chipped away, learning what was going on around me. Every semester but one, I had an internship somewhere, missed a lot of nights with friends to cover games, and pioneered two broadcast internships in sports that have helped others gain experience. I never said no to a project because learning by doing really helps me. Did I want to cover every sorority event for my school’s paper, or log hours of MLB video? Not particularly, but the more you do, the more you know.
  3. Hi everyone, I had the chance to chat with Chantel McCabe about starting her new gig with the 'Canes - you can check out the interview here: http://www.sholdmedi...chantel-mccabe/ SMG Featured Profile: Chantel McCabe 4 Feb 2013 Chantel McCabe by Taylor Shold Chantel McCabe is a success story if there ever was one. Just two years ago she was a sports management student, now she’s the face of the Carolina Hurricanes broadcast team. Chantel joined the Hurricanes broadcast team as the host and rinkside reporter at the start of this season. So many of the Shold Media Group membership is trying to move from college or minor league broadcasts and into the big leagues. Chantel took that big step in the off-season. Chantel comes to the Carolina Hurricanes Broadcasts from Springfield, MA, where she has served as a general assignment reporter for WGGB-ABC 40. Along with her work at ABC 40, the New Hampshire native has served as a sideline reporter for Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and covered events for the New England Sports Network (NESN) and Hockey East. McCabe graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she covered news, politics and sports for the school’s student-run newspaper The New Hampshire. Taylor Shold, founder of the Shold Media Group had a chance to talk with Chantel about starting her new gig and how she made the jump into the pro-ranks just two years removed from university. Taylor Shold: How has networking helped your career? Chantel McCabe: There are a lot of great things that come from networking. Obviously it’s nice to know people who could help you get to a job but you never know how that connection can develop. It’s funny how small the world is. Not everyone is friendly but being approachable and being positive can really benefit in the future. People remember how you make them feel. Taylor: How did you land your new job with the Hurricanes broadcasts? Chantel: With very limited broadcast experience and not knowing a ton about the Hurricanes, as soon as I found a way to get into the mix for an audition I read as much as I could about the history of the organization, the players, the front office staff, etc. I interviewed with John Forslund, our tv play by play personality, the team’s broadcast director and the GM. I had to do mock interviews and mock in game hits on the locker room changes and other topics. Even though I hardly touched on everything I knew about the team in my interview, it was important to me that I went in prepared and familiar with the organization. I think that made a big impact. Taylor: Talk about your first broadcast with the Hurricanes, it had some challenges didn’t it? Chantel: I had a pretty wild ‘rookie initiation’ for my first broadcast. As I was about to interview Eric Staal on the bench, my stage light caught fire. I then went to interview the team’s owner, and the camera was unplugged and my IFB connection was gone, and I had no idea where the reverse camera was or what was happening in the show. Plus there were a bunch of kids and parents on the small platform we were using, unexpectedly, which made the situation even more challenging. I knew that the broadcast had it’s struggles with technical issues and me being so new, I just thought to myself that I have to hang on and use my frustration to really make the next show that much better…and that’s what I did. Taylor: What has been the biggest thrill or surprise since starting your new job? Chantel: I’m very fortunate to be here. I thought covering NHL hockey would be something that would happen several years in my future, not a year out of getting a sports management degree. I have a lot to learn but I am so pleasantly surprised by how fantastic the Hurricanes organization is. I was timid and unsure of myself at first, but the staff is so welcoming and this team is full of players who are down to earth and easy to approach which makes my job that much better. Taylor: What were your feelings about having to move away from home to take this gig? Chantel: I never thought I would leave New England but I couldn’t say no to this job. I really enjoy the Raleigh area, and might never leave now. I’ve always been very independent, so I don’t really get homesick. I miss seeing college hockey sometimes and wish my girl friends came down to visit more often, but once it gets warmer down here, I probably won’t be able to get them to leave! Taylor: What advice would you have for someone trying to make it in broadcasting? Chantel: What worked for me is I was willing to learn anything. I ran the ticker at NESN just two years ago, and just chipped away, learning what was going on around me. Every semester but one, I had an internship somewhere, missed a lot of nights with friends to cover games, and pioneered two broadcast internships in sports that have helped others gain experience. I never said no to a project because learning by doing really helps me. Did I want to cover every sorority event for my school’s paper, or log hours of MLB video? Not particularly, but the more you do, the more you know.
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