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From CFMU to the First Female Play-by-Play Commentator for an NBA Game - Meghan McPeak

Blog/FavouritesFebruary 4th 2019
Ben McClellan

"Fast forward four years later, it was an experience that truthfully set me up, and put me on the path to be where I am today."

Meghan began her Basketball broadcasting with CFMU, where she called McMaster Men’s and Women’s basketball games from 2009-2012. Meghan has called basketball games at various levels, including the Ontario University Athletics conference (OUA), the NBA G-League (Formerly the NBA Development League) as well as the NBA.

Meghan currently does play-by-play commentary for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, largely calling the Washington Wizards' G-League affiliate, the Capital City GoGo.

Before post-secondary school, and your time with CFMU, did you aspire to go into sports media/broadcasting and be where you are now? What made you want to do what it is you are doing?

M: Prior to college & CFMU I initially wanted to be a strength & conditioning coach for athletes and teams as a post playing career, and maybe do broadcasting as more of an extra job to be on a different side of the game.

While taking the program that would have given me the training background, I realized it wasn’t meant for me, whether it was the job itself, or the way the program was being taught, it no longer was a passion.

More importantly, establish that this is your true passion before getting into the business because, it is not for everyone and it is a very tough industry to get into, and stay in.

After some lengthy consideration and going up against the clock for applying for programs, my athletic director at the time [Doug Fox] essentially made the choice for me and I haven’t looked back. Once in the program, I was able to join the live broadcasts, and I was doing color commentary for the men’s games after finishing playing in my own games on double headers at home! Looking back, I do wonder where I would be had I not listened to him... THANKS DOUG!!!

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How did you make your way to CFMU? Describe your journey to where you are now.

M: I was actually working part time at Lululemon and a coworker who was a McMaster graduate received an alumni email, which said they were looking for broadcasters for the radio to cover men’s and women’s basketball. She, thankfully, forwarded it to me and I reached out to Jamie Tennant, and he was very welcoming to my auditioning.

Fast forward four years later, it was an experience that truthfully set me up, and put me on the path to be where I am today. So, I will be forever grateful to Jamie and the whole team at CFMU.

"After a couple years at CFMU I realized I didn’t want to do anything else, and I stopped having a contingency plan in case broadcasting didn’t work."

What advice would you give to any current CFMU employees, volunteers, or anyone trying to go into broadcasting/media?

M: Keep pushing. If sports media or broadcast media is what you want to do, KEEP. PUSHING. More importantly, establish that this is your true passion before getting into the business because, it is not for everyone and it is a very tough industry to get into, and stay in. That being said, I love my job, and love what I do, and I truthfully have no clue what I would be doing if I wasn’t in broadcasting.

FUN TIP: make your plan B that you will do everything in your power to make your plan A work. After a couple years at CFMU I realized I didn’t want to do anything else, and I stopped having a contingency plan in case broadcasting didn’t work. Once I got rid of that, I started to throw everything I had into my craft and it has paid off [so far!].

RELATED: Life after Campus Radio is a series featuring various CFMU alumni and their accomplishments using their experiences at the station. If you would like to volunteer, be sure to check out application here.

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What did you take away the most from your time at CFMU and the journey to where you are now? Is there anything you wish you did differently?

M: That every game is a chance to improve from the last game, and you will never call a perfect game, no matter how hard you try! Do differently, probably not, maybe dress better! But no, I don’t regret anything I’ve done, and I wouldn’t change anything I’ve done in my time with CFMU or up to this point.

Every step & stage I’ve taken along this journey is a part of my story and hopefully one day if I’m lucky, a part of a legacy I leave behind for the next generation of women & men who aspire to be sports broadcasters.

In 2018, Meghan became the first female play-by-play commentator to cover an NBA game, and she continues to shatter barriers as she makes her way through the Sports Broadcasting industry. To learn more about Meghan, follow her on twitter, @meghanmcpeak, or check out her website.

Stay tuned to CFMU.ca over the coming weeks to see more stories from former CFMU employees, hosts and volunteers!

Ben McClellan is a fourth year Economics students with a diverse background and knowledge in sport. He looks to use this knowledge and broadcasting experience to break into the Sports media industry.

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RELATED: Life after Campus Radio is a series featuring various CFMU alumni and their accomplishments using their experiences at the station. If you would like to volunteer, be sure to check out application here.