Jamie Seh was content.
She was working as a sports reporter at ABC 10 (WTEN), and she was doing it in her home area. Seh graduated from Voorheesville High School in 1994.
But when you’re not looking for a job, it seems like it comes looking for you.
That is what happened to Seh. She is leaving ABC 10 after four years with the station to become a sports reporter and weekend anchor at Orlando’s WKMG. She announced it on her Facebook page last Friday. Her final day at ABC 10 is Dec. 17.
Seh came to ABC 10 from WSYR in Syracuse in April 2006. She credits Brian Sinkoff, the former sports director of ABC 10 and now host of “Sound-Off with Sinkoff” on WTMM-FM (104.5), with helping her get the job.
“He has a friend who is the sports director at WKMG, Dave Pingalore,” Seh said. “They worked together in Scranton [Pa.], so they go back about 10 years. Brian had been talking with his friend, and they had an opening for their No. 2 sports person. The management, I think, was leaning towards having a female, although they had brought in at least some male [candidate] to interview.
“Brian told his friend about me and what I do at channel 10. That’s how the wheels got into motion.”
Seh said she wasn’t looking for a job.
“Being home is great,” Seh said. “I was content being here. For anybody leaving home, it’s tough. You think of all the people you want to see before you leave. I also have a little bit of fear because you don’t know the area as well. Maybe you have some self-doubt. I never really had too many doubts here because I was so comfortable here, and I have such a good, strong support system.
“It’s definitely not easy to leave. But if I didn’t get such a good feeling from WKMG, I probably wouldn’t have gone.”
Seh deserves the job. After Sinkoff was let go in a mass layoff by ABC 10 in early 2008, Seh was the ABC 10 sports department. She didn’t have a second sportscaster to help her like the other stations employ. On her off days, it was up to the news anchors to provide some sports news.
Dandy Don Thoughts
Don Meredith was the right man for the right time.
Meredith may have been an outstanding quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968, but it was his work as an analyst on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” that made him a nationally popular figure.
Meredith, the man they called “Dandy Don,” died Sunday from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 72. He brought a home-spun humor to the broadcast booth. He also helped bring a party atmosphere during his two stints on “MNF” from 1970-73 and 1977-84 (he had a three-year stint at NBC between his “MNF” gigs).
His humor came at a perfect time. When “MNF” started in 1970, the country was still divided over Vietnam War. As the decade progressed, the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon also weighed on the nation. “MNF” gave people an escape, and listening to Meredith have fun while watching football made us relax. He was one of us. It was like he was inviting us into the broadcast booth, offering us a cocktail or two and then telling us to go touch Howard Cosell’s toupee.
Meredith and Cosell were wonderful together. No matter what you though of Cosell, and many people hated him because of his I-know-everything attitude, he seemed to have fun with Meredith. It was nice to get Cosell to laugh once in a while.
And, there was Meredith’s sig-nature call when he knew the game was over. He would start singing Willie Nelson’s “Turn Out The Lights, The Party’s Over.” In a way, he was telling the audience that it was time to go home and go to bed.
In this day and age of analysts breaking down every little detail and criticizing everything, Mer-edith’s humor is sorely missed.
And, I found it very ironic that Meredith died three days before the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, when Cosell announced it on “MNF” late in the Dec. 8 game between New England and Miami. Meredith wasn’t in the booth that night. Fran Tarkenton was sitting in for Meredith.
Here are the pro and college football games that will be televised over the next few days. Announ-cing pairings and game broadcasts are subject to change.
Fox 23 and Fox 23 HD — N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS 6 and CBS 6 HD — Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Miami at N.Y. Jets, 4:15 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts).
NBC 13 and NBC 13 HD — Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Andrea Kremer).
ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com — Baltimore at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya).
NFL and NFL HD — San Francisco at San Diego, 8:20 p.m. (Bob Papa/Matt Millen and Joe Theismann).
ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com — NCAA FCS playoffs: Quarterfinal, Villanova at Appalachian State, noon (Mike Gleason/John Congemi).
ESPN Classic and ESPN3.com — SWAC championship game: Alabama State vs. Texas Southern, 2 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Jay Walker).
CBS College sports and CBS College Sports HD — NCAA Division II playoffs: Semifinals, Shepherd at Delta State, 2 p.m., and Northwest Missouri State at Minnesota Duluth, 6 p.m.
ESPN3.com — NCAA FCS playoffs: Quarterfinals, Georgia Southern at Wofford, 2 p.m., and North Dakota State at Eastern Washington, 3:30 p.m.
CBS 6 and CBS 6 HD — Army vs. Navy, 2:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com — NCAA FCS playoffs: Semifinal, teams TBA, 8 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore).