January 17, 2021
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 5:18 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 9:33 am The Most Family Bonding Time of The Year
  • 9:32 am How My Holidays Will Look Like From Now On
  • 9:31 am I’m Black but My Spotify Wrapped 2020 is All White
  • 9:51 am Old but Gold, The Glory of Toys
  • 9:51 am One Divorce and Double the Holidays
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The writer pictured courtside at CSUDH Men’s Basketball game. Photo courtesy of Daniel Tom.

By Daniel Tom, Staff Reporter

Editor’s Note: The writer of this story is a student employee with the California State University, Dominguez Hills Athletics Department.

257 days. That’s how long it’s been since I was last involved in working an athletic event.    For seven years, and the last four at California State University, Dominguez Hills, I’ve had the privilege of working with the athletics department under the guidance of two directors of athletic communications  Rick Hoskin and Kaiber Takamiya, with Toros Athletics. 

In my role, I assisted with in-game operations aspects of events that included setting up and tearing down equipment, operating the many cameras on a pay-per-view broadcast of home athletic events, along with being the music director and public address announcer for select basketball, volleyball, softball, and all baseball games.

Outside of CSUDH, I keep myself busy providing the same announcing and music services to local high schools and community colleges in the South Bay area, along with working a 40-game collegiate summer league baseball season. It’s safe to say that I had enough on my plate to keep me occupied throughout the year with sports.

For 45 weeks out of the year, my calendar was stacked to the brim with events that kept me on my toes, and best of all allowed me to do what I loved all while getting paid to do it. 

But, when all that goes away what’s your next move? I wasn’t entirely sure. Up until the pandemic, all I knew was sports and working in that industry.

For the first few weeks, it gave me time to relax and focus on myself, something I never seemed to do when I was working.  After a few months, I began to feel restless and wondered when things would be safe for a phased return of sports. While keeping the thoughts in the back of my mind, I started to think if this was going to be indefinite, I would need a Plan B. 

In high school when I first started my career I figured I could make more than enough money to make a living off my announcing work. That prediction was flat out wrong.

Public Address Announcing and most event management positions are part-time work and are nearly not enough to make ends meet to survive. It’s always safe to have a backup plan in place and have another source of income.

For example, Eric Smith; the stadium and arena voice of Los Angeles sports (Clippers, USC Football, LAFC, Wildcats) supplements his income by being a high school teacher. 

My worries about the future became secondary as the pandemic raged on. In my case, not having games to announce regularly turned into recording personalized voiceovers for people who requested them at a nominal fee on top of getting ahead with my schoolwork. My unexpected downtime has given me a chance to try new things and expand my horizons.

This semester, I’ve had the privilege of writing for the campus newspaper and to find my voice as a journalist, and share some great stories from around our campus. Surprisingly, this newfound appreciation for journalism wasn’t part of my plan.

By not having games to work, it’s allowed me to shift some time back to myself and to experiment with things I would have never thought about trying. In a way, the campus newspaper has been a blessing in disguise.

The same way I prepared for multiple games during the week, I was able to apply to my stories to give my audience something new to learn every time a story was published. Additionally, this has given me a confidence boost I’ve never had as a writer. It gave me more individuality and allowed me to find myself as a reporter. I could insert my own personality, while not missing the mark on telling the facts and pertinent information of a story.

In a time like this, I’ve embraced the situations I’ve been placed in. While I do miss the people I work with, the atmosphere, and the experience in announcing games, I’ve learned there are much bigger things going on around me besides sports. This was a reality check of sorts and something I think I needed without even realizing it.

When sports do return and I have the privilege to get back to doing what I love, I’ll enjoy each game, each interaction, each thrilling moment more than I did before and not take the grind for granted. Because in a blink of an eye, it could all just disappear.



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