By Andrew Howard ’17
Wills Rice ’17 has been broadcasting for six years, covering ASU football and basketball as well as Rattlers football for kidstar.org.
Kidstar is a program that allows students in high school and sometimes younger to broadcast play by play or color commentary for the Arizona Rattlers and all ASU sports.
Rice broadcasts all ASU home basketball games and a few football games during the year, he also broadcasts all home Rattlers games.
Rice said has always been interested in broadcasting.
“I have always had a huge interest in sports, and I always thought broadcasting would be the best career, in my mind I thought it would be the easiest and most fun job in the world,” Rice said.
Kidstar gives youth the ability to get real broadcasting experience at an early age.
“We receive the same media pass as an ESPN analyst would, and it helps us gain a lot of knowledge about broadcasting,” Rice said.
Rice said his favorite year of broadcasting was the ASU basketball team with Jahii Carson when they made it to the NCAA tournament, but right now his favorite sport is football because of the amazing run ASU had this year.
“Being able to cover professional sports at such a young age is really cool, and it seems like he does a good job,” said Elliot Magri ’17.
Rice hopes to someday be a professional announcer.
“He works hard at school in order to be able to fit in time for announcing,” said Ben Drake ’17. “If he continues to work this hard I think someday he could be a professional.”
Kidstar is unique because it is the only company that is youth only broadcasting, and it is open to anyone interested, not only those who would like to peruse broadcasting in the future.
Listen at kidstar.org or on the Tune In radio app.