TV TIMEOUT: WABI’s Rossi relishes ‘front-row seat to history’

Posted April 29, 2011, at 1:20 p.m.

Prescott Rossi came to Bangor television station WABI (Channel 5) in October, 2009, fresh off graduation from Boston University with a broadcast journalism degree. The Loudonville, N.Y., native is the son of Elizabeth and Vincent Rossi. His sister is attending Lafayette College. The assistant sports director and sportscaster at WABI graduated from Shaker High School, which also counts basketball great Sam Perkins as an alumnus, where he competed as a member of the varsity rowing team. Before earning his degree, Rossi worked two years at Saratoga Racetrack as an usher.

Q. What was your ultimate goal as far as what you wanted to be when you grew up?

A. When I was a kid, there were two ultimate goals for when I grew up. One was to play for the Red Sox, the other was to be a lumberjack. It didn’t take long to figure out I wasn’t going to play second base for the Red Sox, so I decided I wanted to cover sports on TV. I remember as a kid, waking up early and watching repeats of the previous night’s Sportscenter. Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, Kenny Mayne and company were the guys I looked up to. All the best to the logging industry, but I’m pretty happy as a sportscaster.

Q. How did you wind up coming to Bangor and did it feel like dropping down into the middle of “enemy territory” when you came to Maine Hockey Country as a B.U. graduate?

A. After graduating from BU, I did what any aspiring sportscaster would do, I started sending out demo-reels and resumes. In September 2009, I received a phone call from Jim Morris and a few whirlwind weeks later, I was sitting at the desk for “1st and 5.”

I knew when I arrived in Bangor that the Black Bear Faithful would have something to say about a BU grad covering their teams (believe me, they say a lot). Growing up a Red Sox fan in Upstate, N.Y., I was constantly hearing it from Yankee fans. While I’ll always have a connection to Boston University, I really enjoy covering UMaine athletics and being able to interact with their die-hard fans.

Q. What is your favorite sport to play and favorite to watch?

A. There are few things I love more than playing any form of baseball/softball/whiffleball on a hot summer day. As for watching sports, nothing compares to pro basketball.

Q. If you had to work a job that had nothing to do with sports, what would you want to be and why?

A. After spending the last few years in newsrooms, I think if I wasn’t working in sports, I’d still want to be in news. The adrenaline rush from breaking a story or having a front-row seat to history is something that is hard to replicate.

Q. You’re currently vacationing in Amsterdam? Why Amsterdam and what’s the connection, if any?

A. My sister is a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and currently studying abroad in Copenhagen. She had a few weeks off, so last week, my mom and I flew out for a family trip. We spent three days in Amsterdam and three days in Copenhagen. Our family has no connection to those cities, but we wanted to visit and we had a great time.

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