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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Saturday, February 8, 2003
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ASBURY PARK PRESS jk ; 3 SATURDAY, FF.B. 8, 2003 COMING UP ON WEDNESDAY: QPftRTQ CONTACT US: (800) 822-9770, Ext. 4248; Bowling, Sign-ups and Tryouts VlUlllO fax (732) 643-4012; 'Voice' of Rowan gets word out I ... 0- mi If i immtMBmm JOE ADELIZZI IN COMMUNITY John Sadak of Brick wants to make sports play-byplay a career. John Sadak, the radio voice of Rowan University football in 2001, still remembers the play vividly. "We had taken an intentional safety so we could free kick and hold onto our lead in the Division III semifinal championship game," said Sadak of Brick, a 2000 Rowan graduate now working on his masters thesis at the school. Rowan was playing in Salem, Va., against Bridgewater College in December 2001. "Bridgewa ter had four seconds left when their quarterback started scrambling around," said Sadak. "He finally hit on a pass and the re- ceiver was downed inside the 5-yard line. The official put one second on the clock, allowing a last play that ended up being a touchdown. "It happened so quick, I saw the one second remaining," said Sadak. "All I said was 'One second remaining. One second remaining I don't know how that can be?' Then came the touchdown Play." Later, a TV tape was replayed and showed that more than 10 seconds had passed on the clock before the catch was made, said Sadak. "I usually don't question officials when I do play-by-play," said Sadak. "But after seeing the replay it was obvious justice wasn't done." The NCAA investigated the game and found that the clock had been stopped when it should have continued running. Because replays and protests are not an option in college football, Bridgewater walked off the field the winners, 29-24: ' J ; -. V 7 t . f v : , " n ! wr k i ft f" 1 John Sadak of Brick, who has won numerous awards during his tenure at Rowan University, is hoping to make broadcasting his career. TIM MCCARTHYSpecial to the Press His work on the broadcast for WGLS Radio won Sadak a first-place award from College Broadcasters Inc., a national organization representing students involved in radio, television, webcasting and related media activities. Sadak, who has won numerous other awards during his stay at Rowan, is hoping to make broadcasting his career. "I'm prepared for the life," said Sadak, who has been sending demo tapes to radio stations all over the country, as well as' college and pro teams where he wants to do play-by-play. Sadak, who graduated from Brick Memorial High School in 1996, describes himself as a lifelong fan. I wasn't a talented athlete," said Sadak. "But I loved sports. I was originally from New York and my dad (John) has always taken me to Yankees games," said Sadak. He thought he wanted a career in TV. "I figured radio was a dead end," he said. ' ' -' 1 So he first applied to Syracuse University. "But Rowan offered me a scholarship," said Sadak. "I had to decide if I wanted to be a big fish in a small pond. It turned out I made the right choice. "I was a freshman and the station's play-by-play guy had graduated," said Sadak. "I talked with the station general manager, Frank Hogan, who gave me a chance. "If I had gone to Syracuse, I don't think I'd even been allowed to do stats for the football broadcasts as a freshman." He learned in a hurry. "I never realized the preparation needed before each broadcast," he said. "But the more you do a team the better the relationships are with the players and the more information you're able to give your listeners." In the award-winning broadcast, his on-air partners Mark Kasubinski of Monroe Township and Derek Jones of Somerdale (Camden County) were all familiar with each other. "We'd been together for three years. That makes things easier," he said. Last football season, as he began work in the masters program on a grant, he began working part time at WILM in Wilmington, Del. "I was a weekend anchor there. It's more experience for my resume. He understands the lifestyle for broadcasters. "You jump around the country a lot trying to get a spot in a big market," said Sadak "I know that going in. "But this is what I want to do." Joe Adelizzi is an Asbury Park Press staff writer: ' . ' ' On the Schedule Today BOATING Atlantic City International Power Boat Show continues at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Hours today are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Telephone (877) 476-7683 or visit atlanticcity. RUNNING Shore Athletic Club Winter Series 5K winds up at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township, at 11 a.m. Telephone (732) 222-9080 or visit Tomorrow RUNNING Ocean Running Club Winter Series of 4-mile races at Ocean County Park, Lakewood, at 1 1 a.m. Race-day registration only is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Telephone f7321 505-1275 or visit www.oceanrun- Tuesday BASKETBALL Marlboro Shoot-Out for girls ages 9, 10, 1 1 and 13, and boys ages o, a, iu, n, ana ia opens at locations throughout the township. The event continues to Feb. 23. Telephone (732) 536-61 14 or e-mail heshmanl Saturday, Feb. 15 BASKETBALL Mustang Classic freshman tournament at Brick Memorial High School. The event runs to Feb. 19. Telephone (609) 242-8944. Saturday, Feb. 22 MEMORABILIA A sports card and memorabilia show will be held at Southern Regional High School, Route 9, Stafford, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1 . The event is sponsored by the Southern Regional High School Parent Association and will benefit sports programs at the high school. Vending space is available. Telephone (609)242-1579. Thursday, Feb. 27 BOATING The New Jersey Boat Show is under way at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. The show runs to March 2. Telephone (800) 332-3976 or vist 1

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