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1 Were you always into sports? It was always about sports for me. In the eighth and ninth grade I liked talking about them, writing about them and debating about
them. I was also heavily influenced by my peers who had like interests and by my dad
and cousins. The sportscasting bug really hit me when I was in the 10th grade.
2 Explain how you adapted after switching to KPIX in 2012 after 22 years at KRON. I knew that if I was going to make any impact, I had to “bring it” different
from anyone else they’d seen. If you want to make a mark in any media market, you
have to be yourself but also deliver something that viewers will remember. You also
have to know your audience, know who exactly is watching. Yes, we have to inform,
but in sports there is also an opportunity to entertain, show a personality. That is
right in my wheelhouse.
3 Describe your most hair-raising “Mr. Involvement” moment. Most viewers remember the bungee jump off a bridge where the instructor counted me down
six times before I finally let go. I was also anxious about riding a bull, getting hit the
hardest I ever have been in my life by 49er linebacker Jeff Ulbrich and jumping out of
a perfectly good airplane.
It is said people watching the local news typically hear about
one out of every 10 words and usually because they are doing
something else during the newscast. But when
Emmy Award–winning KPIX weekend sports
anchor and reporter Vern Glenn is on TV,
this fact likely doesn’t apply. We caught up with the man
nicknamed “Mr. Involvement” (for the way he throws himself
into the action) before he headed out to report on a game,
take a blow from a boxer, ride a bull or be blitzed by the Cal
football team. B Y KIER HOLMES
4 Advice for future sports reporters striving to go big? Be versatile. Have the skill set to do everything. You really have to be a “Swiss Army knife”: shoot,
edit, report and produce. And if you have that passion, that itch, go for it. It’s that
ambition that afforded me the chance to cover Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley
Cup Finals, Olympics and NBA championships.
5How did you last so long in such a volatile industry? My hunger and passion for local TV sportscasting and reporting is what kept and keeps me going.
No day is the same. No matter how bad it got with the business, I could still
6 What is the best Bay Area spot to watch a game? Nothing beats the SAP Center in San Jose or Oracle in Oakland. There is a nonstop electricity you
can’t get from watching the Sharks or Warriors on TV at home. The atmosphere
7 Favorite sports celebrity you interviewed? Hank Aaron, April 1993. That was the first time I was really starstruck. It was a live interview at Candlestick
Park and I was all cool, calm and collected on the outside but jumping up and
down on the inside. The then home run king was giving Barry Bonds (now the
leader in home runs) his 1992 MVP Award.
8 Howard Cosell or Frank Gifford? Howard Cosell. Got to go for the polarizing uy. He was the first one who managed to get half the audience who hated him
to watch anyway, just to see what he would say.
9 Looking into your crystal ball, any predictions for the Warriors? For the Warriors, I see another NBA banner to hang from Oracle and later the
Chase Center. m