Working in the Media With Your Spouse

August 09, 2017
By: Erica Rose

   So I know I never normally blog about personal things, and this is my second one about family, but it is a slow time in sports! I am a very private person and I like to keep my personal life, well.. personal.  So some of you may not even know that I am married, considering the fact that I still use my maiden name on air. I’ve been married to my husband, Tom, for 4 years! WOW! That’s hard to believe and if you didn’t know I was married, then you definitely don’t know his occupation. 

    My husband also works in sports, as a host on both SiriusXM NBA Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio. He used to be a host at 97.5 The Fanatic (which is where I met him, when I was a lowly intern.)  We’ve come a long way since then.  But I remember, back when we first started dating, someone telling me it was good to be married to someone in this field because they understand. They understand the unusual hours (which let me tell you, there are many) and that is certainly true. When most people are coming home from work, I am usually going. My husband can work anywhere starting from 6am in the morning to finishing as late as 3am and anywhere in between. Is it difficult? At times, yes. Sometimes I don’t get home until 1a.m. and I have to be up with our kids at 7, if he is working. We have to plan our vacations around sporting seasons. I know that we do absolutely nothing on college football Saturdays because he “needs to watch the games for work.” (Let me tell you a little secret, we would be doing nothing on college football Saturday even if he didn’t need to watch it for work!) Oh and you’ll love this; I discovered that we now have the NBA package! (for work purposes of course) I wondered why there were always games on! 

   However, even though we are both in the media our jobs couldn’t be more different. For starters he is on the radio, and I work on television. He works nationally so he needs to know everything about every sport, where as Service Electric is local. He needs to talk for a 3-4 hour show, where I package a 3-minute story. But as different as our jobs are, he still gets it. If I am frustrated with a story, or a bad interview he understands and vice versa. If we need to work on weekends, when the rest of the world is off, we know it comes with the territory. Now I’m not saying someone outside our field wouldn’t understand, but it’s nice that he is experiencing some of these things first hand.