If you've ever attended a Seton Hall University men's basketball game, you know it is exciting, intense and fast-paced. This is what Gregory R. Snedeker '14, a Broadcasting and Visual Interactive Media alumni from the College of Communication and the Arts, always loved about Seton Hall's sports life, especially when sitting in the vibrant student section.
Three years after graduation, this Caldwell, N.J. native works directly in the sports industry as a broadcast associate for the MLB network and has already earned an Emmy nomination – a journey that began with choosing Seton Hall as a school with the perfect balance of sports culture and academic opportunities Snedeker needed to succeed in the broadcast field.
In high school, Snedeker knew he wanted to pursue a career in television or film centered on sports. His focus on a broadcasting major helped him determine what aspect of the field he wanted to focus on. His experience with Pirate TV, the College's student-run television program, helped him find what he loved (and didn't) about the job.
"The Pirate TV program provided me with the chance to test the waters in all aspects of television and figure out what my strengths and weaknesses were, which definitely helped get me where I am today," Snedeker said. "I wasn't comfortable in the fast-paced style of live television… but [Pirate TV] taught me the editing room is the perfect place for a perfectionist like me."
Reflecting on his time in the classroom, Snedeker fondly recalls three lessons his professors instilled in him: knowing how to improvise, how to make strategic eye contact and how to maintain good posture.
He still uses those critical skills today, which helped him during the interview process for multiple internships and his current position in the MLB network. During the season, Snedeker works on Play Ball, a weekly program for children featuring one-on-one demonstrations and conversations with top players and personalities in baseball. The show encourages children to get off the couch and play any form of baseball or softball available to them.
Every week with Play Ball brings new challenges and opportunities. "I can be tasked with anything from editing full-length interviews and demonstrations to building graphics, selecting fan photos, writing and editing voiceover scripts and researching potential guests for future episodes," says Snedeker. "Each week is different, which leads to exciting – yet sometimes stressful – experiences, but at the same time allows for stability when preparing for a weekly show delivery."
As a student, Snedeker also sought to further his experience in the field by interning with the Rachael Ray Show, Long Shot Productions and Madison Square Garden (MSG). At MSG, he worked with studio operations as a game logger. "It was the perfect mix of a fast-paced environment and patient creative thinking. That experience is what primarily lead me to starting with the MLB network as a game logger," Snedeker said.
His logging skills quickly put him ahead of the curve. Combined with his ability to label certain shots for easier location by editors and producers, Snedeker's skills were noticed by higher management which lead to a promotion within 10 months. Just recently, Snedeker was also part of a group Emmy-nomination for his work as an Associate Producer on the 2017 World Series Film, a film focusing on the historic victory of the Chicago Cubs after a legendary 108-year championship drought. Snedeker simply could not believe the news when he heard of the nomination. "I was so excited when I heard the news because I never imagined I would be credited on an Emmy-nominated picture so early on in my television career. It was honestly quite humbling, realizing that I was extremely fortunate to be in my position and that I shouldn't take it for granted."
Snedeker is one of many College alumni working in the sports media industry, which is rapidly growing. Beginning Fall 2018, the College's new Sports Media program led by veteran Sports Illustrated journalist B.J. Schecter, will help elevate Seton Hall's reputation among similar programs in the area because of Seton Hall's unique means and resources, Snedeker said.
The College has several notable alumni in high-profile positions including ESPN's Bob Ley, Dick Vitale, John Brickley and Bob Picozzi; Fox Sports' Gabrielle Wallace and Bardia Shah-Rais; and Baltimore Orioles announcer Jim Hunter.
The author of this feature, Rema Rahman, is a Seton Hall alum from the College of Communication and the Arts. Class of 2005, Rahman majored in Communication. All images included with this article were taken by Seton Hall alum Katherine Cahalin. A Visual and Sound Media major in the College of Communication and the Arts, Cahalin graduated in 2016.