I once wrote a blog post about my Cardinals bucket list, and one of the items on the list is going to spring training. Alas, our household budget doesn’t allow for such luxuries. However, if I get lucky enough, I may get to go to spring training this year, and it would be because of the KMOX Sports Correspondent contest. The winner of this contest wins a four day trip for two to spring training with tickets to two games. It’s not all fun; there is some work involved, but since it’s Cardinals baseball, it’ll be fun work. There are more details about the contest at the link here. You have to audition to win the contest, however, so I auditioned last night. Here’s the tale of my audition.
Last night’s audition was at Gold’s Gym in Fenton, Missouri. The earlier audition dates were at other Gold’s Gyms in Missouri, but I decided to go to the Gold’s Gym in Fenton because it was the closest audition location to where I live in Illinois. My son had another activity last night and I couldn’t take him and go to the audition too (we only have one vehicle), so I asked my friend Kim to drive me to Fenton. She agreed (thank you, Kim) and she picked me up at my house. Of course, being a girl, I had to make sure my hair and my makeup looked good for my audition video before I left the house.
Earlier in the day, I went to Mapquest and printed out the directions to the Fenton Gold’s Gym to take with us. The trip was going well until we got to Hwy. 270. Mapquest told us to take Exit 3, which was the first exit after the Jefferson Barracks Bridge. Kim started to exit off the highway, but I realized it was Koch Road, which would take us to the VA Hospital and not to Fenton. So Kim hurried up and got back on Hwy. 270. What we really wanted was the MO-30 Gravois Road exit, which also turned out to be Exit 3. That’s really confusing, MODOT; you all really need to fix that.
After a couple of wrong turns in beautiful rural Fenton, we finally arrived at Gold’s Gym. After a long, cold walk from the parking lot, we entered the building. We saw this sign:
So where are the auditions? I asked the nice lady at the front desk for assistance. It turned out it was right around the corner. The Sports Open Line guys were broadcasting live.
The audition tables were on the right. Kim and I were greeted by Mike Nichol and Todd Rick of the KMOX Street Team. They asked whether both of us were auditioning. I said that I was the only one auditioning and Kim told them she was just along for moral support. I was given a release to sign. Since I am a legal assistant and Kim is a former paralegal, we both reviewed the legal language in the release thoroughly. There was a paragraph with a very long run-on sentence; one of us needs to work in the legal department at KMOX to review their releases, I think.
I was given a script to read, which was the Version 8 Copy. I read the copy and grabbed a pen so I could edit the wording. That’s one of my duties as a legal assistant, editing and proofreading pleadings and other documents. I asked who wrote the copy. It turned out that Tom Ackerman, the KMOX Sports Director, wrote the copy. I told Mike and Todd that Mr. Ackerman should feel free to email his copy to me and I would be happy to edit it for him.
After I was done editing, I read it through in my head a few times to get a feel for pacing. There were second marks (10 sec, 30 sec, etc.) on the side of the copy. I then had to write my name on a white sheet of paper. My audition number was on this sheet – I was the 73rd person to audition. Not that night – 73 was the total of all the auditions at that point. I sat at a table behind a faux old fashioned microphone. Here’s a photo of me reading the script:
Here’s a photo of one of the Street Team guys filming my audition:
After I was done, the Street Team guys said I did a really good job. I then told the Street Team guys about this blog. Hopefully, they’ll look it up. We discussed other matters about the contest and about spring training, and then it was time to go, because another person walked up to audition.
I honestly thought that I would have to wait to audition last night, but I didn’t. Either everyone who wanted to audition already did, or it was just too cold for people to leave their nice warm homes. Now that the auditions are over, all of the videos will be reviewed by the folks at KMOX. Ten finalists will be selected next week. The videos made by the finalists will be put on the KMOX website and the public can vote on who they like the best. If I get selected to be a finalist, I will be sure to let you know where you can view the videos and how you can vote for me, if you want. I wouldn’t want to pressure you or anything. 🙂
After we stopped at the Phillips 66 station to fuel up the vehicle for the journey home, Kim used the voice option on Google Maps on her phone to get us back home and ironically, it took us the same way we came. Maybe Mapquest wasn’t wrong after all.
I hope I did auditioned well enough to be one of the finalists and I hope I get enough votes to win! If not, I’ll try again next year. That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and see you soon!