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Fueling the passion, living the dream

Eric Manlove has passion and drive for sports and broadcasting. Manlove, a Fargo native, began his journey at Minot State University with a campus tour nearly four years ago. He found his way to the broadcasting program and realized it was where he wanted to be.

"I always wanted to do something with sports. I donít shut up about sports, so why not make a career out of what I love to do," said Manlove.

Manlove began doing stats with the basketball teams, which led to a job as the sports information assistant to Mike Linnell, the sports information director. From there, he began writing sports for the MSU student newspaper Red & Green, doing sports for the KMSU Inside/Out show, co-directing Student Government Association intramurals and announcing play-by-play for MSU club hockey, basketball and baseball.

"I have seen Eric start as a stat taker who talked about doing other things in sports, and now, he is doing those other things," said Linnell. "I feel fortunate to have watched him grow; as much as I give him a hard time, I wish I could keep him on my team."

Manloveís dream job is sports broadcasting, but he knows that he has to work his way up the ladder, network and sharpen his craft to find his ideal job.

In the fall of 2010, Manlove began working as a weekend sports anchor at KXMC, a CBS-affiliated television station in Minot. He described MSU as having prepared him well for the fast pace work of news and sports.

"MSU helped me to know I could do it," Manlove said. "I am getting more confident and better, I have fun on air."

Being a part of the broadcasting program has opened many opportunities for Manlove. He says the extensive hands-on experience with newscast writing, on-air exposure and using the teleprompters and cameras could not have been obtained anywhere else.

Neil Roberts, MSU associate professor of communication arts, has watched Manlove evolve in his profession and passion from the beginning.

"Iíve seen a lot of growth with Eric, both inside and outside the department," said Roberts. "He really has matured as a communicator and broadcaster and has set himself up for the professional world."

"MSU has prepared me since I was a freshman. From day one, I started to get a feel for what the real world was going to be like," said Manlove.