Alumna Elizabeth Bakos Makes Her
Mark at Turner Broadcasting

5/16/08


For avid sports fan, Elizabeth Bakos '80 (A.A.S., Telecommunications), spending most of her career at Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) has been a dream come true.

Two weeks before graduating from MCCC, she received an offer to work as a program assistant for KYW-TV in Philadelphia. Four years later, she became a program assistant for SuperStation TBS at its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. According to Bakos, just the association with TBS was cause for great excitement since at the time the station owned the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks and carried their games.

Bakos absorbed everything that she could on the technical production side, which led to a promotion in 1990 to unit manager for CNN Sports. New opportunities arose again when Bakos went on to Fox Sports in 2005 as a production administrator. The next year she was named to her current position as production coordinator for Turner Studio Field Operations.

Elizabeth Bakos

In Bakos' multifaceted job, she coordinates remote truck engineers for numerous events, ordering equipment and serving as a liaison for clients by responding to their remote broadcasts needs. Events include Major League Baseball games, National Basketball Association games, NASCAR races, National Hockey League games, concerts and other entertainment.

"Mercer was the perfect educational tool I needed to enter into the communications field," Bakos said. "The classes were diverse and covered all aspects of broadcasting. In my current position, I get to meet a lot of producers and directors for sporting events. They are so detail-oriented and creative.

"A lot of our broadcasts are live and there are deadlines that must be met," she continued. "It's amazing to see how fast paced and hectic it is to call a live sporting event. I am always learning something new about production and broadcasting since technology constantly changes. An added treat is being able to meet a number of current and former athletes." Among them are Ron Gant of the Atlanta Braves, Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals, Ken Stabler of NFL fame, and Buddy Ryan, former Philadelphia Eagles coach.

When MCCC launched its Telecommunications Program in 1978, Bakos, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., could not have been more thrilled. She fondly remembers her professors, two of whom -- Dick Forney and Ralph Tagney -- were great influences. "They really took an interest in their students and always had time for us. They enjoyed being in radio and television; it came across in the way they taught."

"Mercer was a wonderful experience both educationally and socially. I met and became friends with fellow students, some of whom I'm still friends with today," she said.

Bakos' first television job at KYW-TV directly resulted from her internship there through Mercer's Telecommunications Program (now known as Radio/TV). She advises students to make full use of all internship experiences. "Your internship is the first thing you will put on your resume that is directly related to the field you are studying and wish to pursue. Learn as much as you can. Introduce yourself to everyone, including upper management. The person you ride the elevator with could be the same person to hire you."

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