Trent Ling managed to get onto the radio at age 14 by calling various hosts and deejays. By 15, he was putting together demo tapes and interviewing for broadcasting positions. On January 3, 1981, within a month of turning 16, Trent finally got the call to fill-in at a moment’s notice. Yikes!
“Frank Murray really stuck his neck out for me,” Trent recalls. ”He gave me a shot when it would have been wiser to take a pass and play it safe. I’ll be forever grateful to him for that.”
A few hours after getting the on-air assignment, Trent competed in his own High School Sophomore basketball game in the early evening, tried to get his head together, hitched a ride with his dad across town, and then overtook the live broadcast of the Kamiakin-Davis varsity basketball game (two teams with which he was unfamiliar). It was a whirlwind.
“Painful,” is how Trent now describes hearing back the 31-year-old broadcast. ”With an irritatingly unsettled voice and the perspective of a grasshopper, it’s hard to imagine what I was thinking. In any case, I guess it all had to start somehow.”
The two-minute, forty-nine-second clip below provides a taste of the adventure. Perhaps painful, but a necessary preamble nonetheless.
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