Noah Hiles '17
Hometown: Burgettstown, PA
Future Sports Broadcaster
Minor: Sports Business
Brother of Sigma Nu, WRMU Radio host and employee of the Sports Information Department and the B&B Café
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Both of my parents are Mount Union alums. Neither of them have said one bad thing about their alma mater. The beautiful campus, the excellent class sizes and the endless opportunities offered through education and extracurricular activities drew me to the school. Mount is giving me a quality education, a great support system and hands-on experiences that I would not receive anywhere else.
I definitely like the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field I love and wish to pursue at Mount. Since I was 12 years old, I have wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Within three weeks of being on campus, I was on the radio doing sideline reports for the best D3 football team in the nation. I followed the team throughout the entire season and even got to go to the Stagg Bowl for almost no cost. I now get to do color commentary for basketball games, and I am on a sports radio talk show called Raider Zone Weekly every Thursday. To have this much experience in my dream career field with only one semester completed is almost unfathomable to me. I never expected to learn so much and have so much fun in just my freshmen year. I am excited to see where WRMU and my other extracurricular activities take me in these next three years!
Favorite Study Spot
The North Reading Room on the third floor in our library is absolutely incredible. A friend of mine showed it to me and now I study there at least once a week. The view is fantastic and there is rarely anyone else there. It is a cool and peaceful spot where I can go to get work done and I won’t be stressed.
Big Life on a Small Campus
There are only 2,200 students at Mount. If you want to enjoy your college experience, you must get involved. Ask anyone who loves Mount Union and I guarantee that they will say it is because they are involved in a sport, club, or Greek Life, to name a few. These activities help you meet your best friends, learn what you want to do in life and provide you with great experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. Because Mount combines a liberal arts education and professional preparation, you experience a broad spectrum of knowledge that not only prepares you for professional life but makes you an all-around smarter and better person.
I chose my major because of my upbringing. My mother is a teacher and my father was a minister, so both made a living off of talking. I have never been nervous when it comes to public speaking. I can talk with confidence and still remain modest and educated.
My First Year Seminar was so enjoyable that when it would get canceled, I would be legitimately upset. It was a class titled “Voices of the Game” and it was about the history and techniques of sports broadcasting and journalism. Since this is what I have wanted to do since I was 12 years old, this class was perfect for me.
Without a doubt my favorite professor is Harry Paidas. He taught my First Year Seminar and I am in his sports journalism class now. He is excellent at what he does and it is almost impossible to not get along with him. He is very knowledgeable and has a mind-boggling resume. Every time I am around him, whether it’s inside or outside the classroom, I try to soak up every ounce of information I can. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the man and I look forward to taking as many classes with him as I can.
My goal is to become a sports broadcaster for a professional sports franchise in a large city. I want to be successful, but I don’t want to work for a big time network like NBC, CBS or ABC. I want to get to a high enough level where I can make a decent living and still be able to have enough free time to settle down and start a family. I want to go to work every day at a job I love and be able to provide for a family that I’ll love even more.
Since I was 12 years old, I have wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Within three weeks of being on campus, I was on the radio doing sideline reports for the best D3 football team in the nation.