The July 15 Marshalltown Rotary luncheon meeting was held on a refreshingly cool summer day at Elmwood Country Club. John Fink opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and Bob Moore presented an extensive news report. The group gave a hearty welcome to Drs. Michelle and Dan Johnson, guests of Richard Squires.
Karn Gregoire announced the upcoming fundraiser for the Roundhouse on Aug. 22 when Beatles band, The Return, will be giving a concert at the Marshalltown Auditorium.
Vic Hellberg then introduced Channel 13 Sports team member John Sears.
John Sears from the Channel 13 Sports team was the featured program at the Marshalltown Rotary Club this week.
Sears is a Dowling graduate who spent six years with KCRG before moving back to Des Moines. He said he never envisioned himself as a broadcaster when he entered college, but gravitated to a television focus when a senior at the University of Iowa.
Sears cut his teeth working part-time in smaller markets doing some of the not-so-glamorous duties at odd hours.
He suggested that just finding a job is the hardest thing in broadcasting, noting there are only 40 to 50 television sport broadcasters in the entire state.
Sears's job entails coverage of a wide variety of sporting activities and events and he suggested there is a good chance he has covered every high school team in the state of Iowa, in some sport.
The variety of his job includes, reporting, editing and weekend anchoring.
He acknowledged that the Hawkeye and Cyclone programs are the bread and butter of their coverage and, in the spirit of neutrality, shared a joke relating to each.
The passion for these two programs is a large reason why he loves his job. And while these two marquee programs might drive coverage, he feels the Channel 13 Sports crew makes their mark with coverage of high school sports that feature teams, athletes and coaches. He shared the story he did about former East Marshall softball coach Rob Drake's struggle with cancer as an example.
"We get more feedback on unique, uplifting and inspirational stories like these than we do for other segments," said Sears.
He verified what is apparent to viewers when illustrating why the Channel 13 Sports team is known for having fun. Sound Off and RVTV are emblematic of the crew.
"I'm not crazy, but I'm always up for a good time and being unique in our presentation," Sears said before showing video clips of recent broadcasts. While there was little time for questions in the time allotted, Sears was happy to remain afterwards to visit.
The Marshalltown Rotary club is a network of business, professional and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve locally and around the world forming strong, lasting friendships in the process.