Who would have thought a once shy, unassuming Delta High School student would become a confident and extremely efficient sports editing member of CMU's production crew. If you had asked Isaac Moralez if he ever thought he would be doing what he has been doing for the past several months, you would get the answer received when asked that very question. "Not at all. I liked playing football and really like sports now but never imagined myself doing this."
Moralez graduated from Delta High School in 2010 and was not fully committed to his course of study upon entering CMU. On a whim, he picked the mass communication program to see if it was a fit.
It didn't take long for Moralez to figure out he liked the possibilities available to him through the program. There were numerous avenues of study available and he gravitated toward sportscasting to go with his love of sports.
A taste of color broadcasting for basketball and soccer seems to have pulled him deeper into the media processes.
Last fall, when the production crew purchased a new piece of equipment called Mobile One, the excitement escalated for everyone in the program. The potential of what could be done with Mobile One created a drive to learn more of how the staff could improve their work for a more professional product. The move to television from radio was an easy choice for Moralez.
"I have the basic skills to do a variety of jobs that may be translated into many areas of sportscasting," noted Moralez. Even though he realizes a job with the "big boys" isn't coming right away, Moralez had an optomistic look in his eyes. Would he ever like to be a part of a company like ESPN? "Yeah (with a sigh and hesitation). It's a dream to be associated with any of the the big names in sportcasting."
Moralez knows he's got more to learn and has taken some steps in building a resume in hopes of working his way up the ladder. He has met several Root Sports media personnel, including directors and producers associated with the Denver Nuggets.
Locally, Moralez is known in some circles, including KKCO's sportscasting staff.
For Moralez's mother, Alma, the path her son has taken brings excitment and plenty of emotion Moralez noted.
Moralez is content to bide his time for now and notes, "I'm not picky at this time. Any job in communications would be great!" He is confident of his abilities and has an optimistically hopeful attitude that will serve him well.
One of the things Moralez does is prepare a Grand Junction Rockies post-game wrap-up that is streamed to the Internet's YouTube and Facebook pages. He edits the game's highlights for its most exciting and visually pleasing moments so that those who access the team site get the full gist of how the game was played.
Moralez likes to edit each half-inning (and add each segment to a finished product program) so he doesn't spend too much time trying to edit the game once it is completed.
Before his work is sent out, Moralez adds an audio track to enhance the finished product. The total work compiled by Moralez takes from two to three times the amount of time it takes to play a nine-inning game. To have the game's replay footage ready the way he wants it, Moralez said it may take two to three days for the whole process to be completed.
The viewing audience is growing weekly. Teams that play in Grand Junction have their games online for those who cannot attend the games. "With out-of-town viewers, and local viewers, I feel the notoriety of the Rockies is improving," stated Moralez.
For Moralez, the future is bright. He is in his senior year and knows his last year of college will be a busy one as a member of the CMU production crew.blog comments powered by Disqus