MidcoSN Kansas recently announced Taryn Tempel as our newest full-time reporter and producer, but she may already be a familiar face to our followers. We sat down with Taryn to get to know her better in a recent interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Taryn Tempel: I'm from Garden City, Kansas, and my passion for sports started early, because I am one of four kids – and the only girl. I’m actually one-third of a set of triplets with two of my brothers.
Growing up, I was always with them everywhere, and I didn't realize really that I was supposed to do different things than them – so when they started playing football, I wanted to play football. And when they started to do other sports, that's what I wanted to do, too. Having brothers is what got me super involved in sports.
Then as I got older, it became my own thing and something that I love to do just for myself. I played all kinds of sports all through high school. Afterward, I had the opportunity to come to University of Kansas and run track.
I didn't start out in a journalism major, and I didn't really know what I wanted to do. My parents were the ones who suggested sports broadcasting. Now, I can’t see myself doing another job and loving it as much as I love what I do.
Let’s talk more about the triplet thing…
TT: Ha! A lot of people ask me how it was growing up as a triplet. But to me, I mean I didn't really know anything different – and looking back, it was a lot of fun. We did everything together. Plus, our older brother was only two-years-old when we were born, so my parents had four kids under the age of two! They did a news story on us – so that must be what sparked my passion for broadcasting.
How did you get started at MidcoSN?
TT: I got in contact with MidcoSN through one of my college professors, who connected me with Executive Producer Kyle Haas. I started with freelance work last summer and after that, I started a part-time internship – and I’m still here!
How has your internship experience helped you become a full-time reporter and producer?
TT: I started doing a little bit of on-air practice even before I was officially an intern. One day, I was working a game broadcast, and I asked Kyle if I could start practicing on-air by going out and doing packages. He told me yes, but that they’d only use the stuff they liked, but either way, it was good experience for me. They must have liked it, because when I became an intern, I was on-air weekly!
Plus, while I was interning, I got to work closely with Kevin Romary – and he’s been in this community for a long time, so he’s a great mentor for me. I also learned how to edit, how to shoot, how to work the trucks and more. What I like about MidcoSN in general is that I'm not just working on a regular news station. I get to have a little bit of creativity and do different things like blog posts and podcasts and I'm not stuck in one role.
Are you looking forward to working more with Kevin?
TT: Yes, I am. I don't think that I could have a better example of how to cover sports in Lawrence, because he's very well-respected and everywhere that I go, people are always asking me where Kevin is. I'm hoping that now when I go to things, people will enjoy getting to know me as much as they enjoy Kevin. It's very clear that everyone knows Kevin and knows that he has done very well in his job here – and I'm hoping to kind of follow that blueprint.
In today’s world, broadcasting includes a lot of screen time on social media as well. How do you feel like this will play into what you do at MidcoSN?
TT: I just started getting to more of the social side – starting with our Rock Chalk Roundball Classic coverage. That was a lot of fun. We’ve gotten more creative with what we're doing on social and we’re starting to expand with new ideas and new coverage all the time.
I think the high school coverage that we post is something you can't find anywhere else. I know a lot of the families in Lawrence love to see their kids getting recognition on social media – and our channel.
What are you looking forward to about this coming season?
TT: We're launching a new show! It’s called Kansas Preps+ and it’s going to showcase different stories of the athletes in this area – the stories that you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. It will highlight some of the cool things that people don't know about the athletes here, so I'm excited to be a part of it.
Personally, I'm going to start getting more involved with blog posts and will hopefully be starting a podcast. It's exciting to start dipping my toes in everything – social media, online, on-air – and have some creativity with it.
Why should people watch MidcoSN Kansas?
TT: People should watch because we’re covering student-athletes who don't always get the coverage they deserve. We're the only sports network in Lawrence – and I think the more that people watch, the more they're going to learn about the athletes and their community and the surrounding areas.
You can catch Taryn on Kansas Preps+, premiering at 6 PM, August 21!