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Aiming for the sports mic

Crescenta Valley High School grad wins guest spot on KTLA-TV Channel 5.

March 01, 2011|By Kelly Corrigan,
  • Matthew Sizemore, 28, at his home in Eagle Rock on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Sizemore, a 2000 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, recently won KTLA's Sportscaster For A Day contest. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Matthew Sizemore, 28, at his home in Eagle Rock on Thursday,… (Raul Roa )

Ten years after graduating from Crescenta Valley High School, Matthew Sizemore had a dream to reclaim. Dressed in a suit and tie, he took his place in line at Casino Morongo on a November morning, behind dozens of others chasing the same dream. He was one of 125 finalists whittled from thousands of applicants vying for a sports anchor spot on KTLA-TV Channel 5.

While at Glendale Community College, Sizemore took a broadcasting class that convinced him the business was for him, he said.

“People kept telling me, ‘Your voice is spectacular. You could be a sportscaster.’ One day it dawned on me. I could be a sportscaster. I’d be good at it, and I love it.”

He worked part time with FOX Sports, logging NFL and MLB games.

“That’s taught me way more about sports than I already knew,” he said. “For baseball or football, I like to think I know the ins and outs of everything.”


He graduated from Cal State Northridge and worked for Clear Channel Communications, doing radio promotions for large market stations.

He worked as a producer for an Internet show, “Smash Cuts,” voicing a character aptly named, “The Voice Guy.”

An e-mail from professor Lincoln Harrison at CSUN told him KTLA was looking for “a one-minute video of yourself doing a sports report. One winner will be a guest sportscaster.”

His college clips made him a finalist.

At Casino Morongo, the club mimicked a studio. The finalists needed to give a one-minute improvisation. He’d start with the Lakers then make fun of the Clippers. If the judges would laugh, he’d have a shot.

Some contestants cracked before the panel, unable to say the words stuck on their tongues.

“Once the camera hits, that’s a lot of pressure. Twenty eyes, looking at you, what do you got?”

Part of him watched with “an evil grin” as he put it. “It’s terrible to think that,” he said. He had been rehearsing his spiel during the three hours he’d waited in line. “Let’s do this,” he thought.

He began with the Lakers’ recent losses. “Over to Clipper news, they have Blake Griffin,” he said with a high pitched voice, goofy smile and double thumbs up, ending the sentence with more question than statement. They laughed.

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