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Schenectady's Damon Bruce featured in Saturday's Behind the Broadcast

By Ken Schott
Friday, May 20, 2011

My Saturday "Behind the Broadcast" column will feature an interview with Schenectady's Damon Bruce, who is host of a very successful sportstalk show on KNBR-AM 1050 in San Francisco.

Here's a sneak preview of what will be in the column.

-- Bruce recently was the guest host on the nationally syndicated "The Jim Rome Show."

"It all depends on who you know," Bruce said. "I know his producer, Jason Stewart. [He] left [Sports] Byline [USA], . . . and I’m the guy that replaced him when he left to take 'The Jim Rome Show.' We kind of knew of each other and kept in touch. He’s helped me with some guests. I did a favor for him, took care of a studio issue that he had for a remote. He basically called me and said, 'You’ve been great to us. I owe you a favor. I know what you want it to be. We’ll see if we can get you to fill in eventually.'"
Bruce enjoyed his stint on April 20.

"When you do San Francisco radio, you know you’re talking to a lot of people," Bruce said. "So what’s a few more?. That’s the way I see it. Honestly, being on ESPN Radio for about three years, too, [helped]. When you’re doing an update at the top of the hour, and it’s getting cleared by 400 stations nationwide, even though it’s an overnight audience, it’s still a huge audience. I’ve had a lot of experience on national radio.

"But to have that platform was incredibly exciting. I wasn’t nervous, but I’ll say it was the fastest three hours of my career."

-- Bruce, a Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School graduate, once delivered papers for The Daily Gazette. He listened to the radio while delivering the papers.

"I didn’t have influences in sportstalk radio," Bruce said. "I listened to morning radio. I remember when Todd Pettengill was the morning guy at FLY92, which I thought he was a really good morning guy. I thought he was really funny. He was one of the first guys that got me interested in radio. And then, eventually, very early in his radio career before he broke so big, Howard Stern was on in upstate New York. That just fascinated me."

Read more of the interview in Saturday's Daily Gazette.

 
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