by Morgan Caldwell
October 4, 2016 - ECHL (ECHL)
Our Sports Central asked minor league executives across the country to participate in a short questionnaire about themselves. We will feature their responses every Tuesday. This week's 10 questions are with the Tulsa Oilers Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, John Peterson. Mr. Peterson is in his first season with the Oilers. He was previously with the Evansville Icemen in the same position. From 2013-2015, he was the Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Austin Bruins.
1. What was your first job in the sports industry? Play-by-play broadcaster for Roseau High School sports, and country music DJ at a small town radio station in northern Minnesota along the Canadian border.
2. What was the last app you downloaded? ESPN Fantasy Sports App
3. What was the first job you ever had? I was a bus boy at a restaurant called Awada's in Woodbury, MN
4. What is currently your favorite song? I'm all over the board, but for some reason I can't get Shinedown's "I'll Follow You" out of my head.
5. What is the last thing you watched on Netflix? I just started watching "Parks and Rec" Season 1.
6. What is the best advice you have ever received? Anything I get from my parents. My dad is full of one-liners and motivational quotes, so it's hard to choose, but one that comes to mind is: "Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor."
7. What is the last book you read? "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band", by the members of Motley Crue
8. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have? The first thing I do when I wake up and last thing I do before I fall asleep is check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
9. What advice would you give someone who wants to work in the sports industry? Don't go into sports just to work in sports. Go into it with a plan. Set goals, make connections, and never lose sight of your dream job. Perhaps most importantly, have fun doing it.
10. Who was your role model growing up?
As a hockey broadcaster, I looked up to guys like Gary Thorne, Mike Emrick and Rick Jeanneret.