Sprague Returns to Earn Dual Degree after Pro Hockey Career

Posted on: January 14, 2014

sprague-jay-featuredFrom a life on the ice to four sports-affiliated positions, CAS student Jay Sprague doesn't have any plans of slowing down.

Sprague returned to Michigan State University after a brief professional hockey career to complete his digital media arts & technology degree and an additional bachelor's degree in communication. He currently is on track to graduate this spring and hopes to continue to advance his education in the future.

"An additional degree in communication seemed like a natural fit with the technology side of media production, and I was only short 12-13 credits," Sprague said.

Sprague currently works as a production associate and social media team member for WKAR TV's Current Sports with Al Martin.

"I enjoy working with Al's radio show," he said. "I like being able to take the connections I have as well as making new ones, especially in sports, and applying them to my job when looking for guests to feature."

In Sprague's role with Current Sports, he helps manage the show's social media platforms while also playing a key role in the production and promotion processes. For Martin's daily radio show, Sprague makes contact with desired guests and creates write-ups of their biographies.

"I have always had a connection with sports and being a part of CAS and MSU has allowed me the options to pursue it," said Sprague. He played hockey for MSU from 2006-2010, which led to a professional career with the Kalamazoo Wings (East Coast Hockey League) and the Tulsa Oilers (Central Hockey League).

When Sprague returned to MSU, he took on the role of teaching assistant for Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media Instructor Lisa Whiting-Dobson and assisted with two multi-camera directing courses, as well as two audio and video technology courses.

His other current positions include broadcast assistant to Fox Television's Dan Dickerson, the voice of the Detroit Tigers; live production supervisor for the Big Ten Network Student U; and production assistant for MSU Broadcast Technology.

"At the Big Ten Network Student U, the production is all student-run, but it is as close as you can get to the real thing," Sprague said. "We set up cameras and produce directly from live sporting events just like the professionals."

All of these positions and opportunities are helping to prepare Sprague for his goal of someday having a career in television production, and as you may have guessed, preferably in sports.

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