Hi, I’m Kyle Brennan. It looks like you’re here to learn a little bit about me. Or maybe you just decided to click through all the menu items to see if anything exciting is hiding. If it’s the latter, you’ll be let down. But you might as well stay for the show!
Basically, I’m a sports journalist and broadcaster based in the Greater Waterbury area of Connecticut. My full-time job is the journalist part — I’m part of the splendid sports department at the Republican-American, the fourth-largest newspaper in the state — and I’m also the play-by-play broadcaster for high school football at WATR.
My professional writing career started when I was a senior at Woodland Regional High School in 2008. The local weekly paper, Citizen’s News, recruited me to work as a freelance correspondent just for Woodland’s sports. Over the years, I became the paper’s lead sports correspondent (and some news) and added freelance work with the Rep-Am.
By the time I joined the Rep-Am’s full-time staff in 2014, I’d carved out a number of beats for myself — none bigger than high school football, but I’ve dabbled in all high school sports, college hockey and area baseball. My high school beats have been the focus of my blogs, including my own Naugatuck Valley League Football Blog, and the source of most of my dozen sportswriting awards.
Broadcasting, though, is what I’ve always enjoyed most. I started up a sports broadcasting network in high school and studied broadcast journalism at Quinnipiac University, from which I graduated in three years with a 3.86 GPA and minors in sports studies and history. (I was a recovering nerd. I shook off most of it by the time I earned my degree.) I took over the NVL football broadcasting gig in 2012 — now I broadcast and write about the same games. It’s double the fun!
My career has given me plenty of opportunities beyond my home area, too. I spent a summer in Newport, R.I., as an intern with the Newport Gulls collegiate baseball team, and I spent another summer as a web producer for NBC Olympics as we covered the 2012 London Games.
I’m the oldest of four boys and a lifelong resident of Beacon Falls, Conn., a town that just cracked 6,000 residents on the most recent census. The place means an awful lot to me — my family has been here for more than 75 years, and it really is a town where everybody knows your name — so I’m an active member of the community. The most important position I hold is head coach of the Beacon Hose Co. No. 1 softball team. Seriously.
To wrap it all up, here’s a fortunately incomplete list of things I like: country music, buffalo chicken pizza, my 2013 Chevy Cruze, America, a smooth pen, old episodes of “Whose Line?”, untied shoes, Ken Griffey Jr.’s Slugfest for Nintendo 64, ’90s sitcoms, Taco Bell, a good changeup, the south shore of Rhode Island, Westview 590, the Olympics, shandies, respect, a good UFC card, corny jokes and flannel shirts.
If you want to stick around for a little longer, I’ll open my personal photo album for you.