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October 4, 2010

Schetzsle fighting for a little name recognition

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Life in the baseball minors

In his senior year, with an eye toward establishing a career, he gave up football and went to work for the campus radio station. The day after he graduated, he drove to Jamestown, N.Y., to take a job as the radio announcer for the Jamestown Jammers minor league baseball team. He spent the next three years, including one season with a team in Wichita, Texas, announcing games, but the 12-hour bus trips through Louisiana and Arkansas and Oklahoma took their toll.

"For three hours a day (during the games) I wouldn't have traded places with anyone," he said. "But minor league baseball is a tough grind."

He returned to Indiana and joined the Boilermaker Sports Network, working as a sideline reporter for Purdue University football games and doing the halftime, pre-game and post-game shows. Along the way he earned a master's in business administration at Purdue.

Tim Newton, who was the producer of the football broadcasts and is now the play-by-play announcer, said Schetzsle was persistent in both his radio work and his pursuit of an MBA.

Newton said Schetzsle never discussed politics, so he was surprised when he learned he was running for office in Massachusetts.

"But he's always been a pretty strong-willed person, so from a personalty standpoint it didn't surprise me," Newton said. "As I thought about it, I knew he was the kind of guy who could run for office and stand up to the scrutiny and not back down from a challenge."

Schetzsle said he loved broadcasting, but knew it was a difficult industry to crack. After earning his MBA, he was hired by Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as a consumer marketing manager.

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