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  • Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
    Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
  • Now that he has secured a broadcasting gig at NTV News, Alex Love (right) is working to become a weekend sports anchor.
    Now that he has secured a broadcasting gig at NTV News, Alex Love (right) is working to become a weekend sports anchor.
  • Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.
    Former Chesapeake High student Alex Love has gone from athlete to professional broadcaster.

Where Are They Now: Alex Love

Zach Sparks
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September 20, 2017

If it weren’t for Chesapeake High School media specialist Geri Cvetic, Alex Love may never have asked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to compare football to golf, posed questions to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, or found the career of his dreams.

Love recently secured a broadcasting gig at NTV News, a Nebraska-based ABC affiliate. The culmination of what he deemed “hard work and determination,” Love’s broadcasting career had an improbable start.

“People always told me I had a great projecting voice and great broadcasting voice,” said Love, who got his start on the morning announcements at Chesapeake after Cvetic approached him with the idea. “At first, I denied [the opportunity]. But I didn’t want to leave them hanging.”

A stellar track and field athlete at Chesapeake, Love had a natural interest in sports. After impressing athletic director Chip Snyder with his performance on the morning announcements, Love parlayed that opportunity into a shot as the public address announcer for boys soccer, girls soccer and softball.

“As far as professionalism and attention to detail, it was incredible,” Snyder recalled. “He was real shy at first. That personality just started to explode. He had this unique ability to create raps. You could say, ‘Give me a rap about the Ravens,’ and he could do it.”

Love enrolled at University of South Carolina Upstate, becoming a Division I cross country athlete. He hit an obstacle in his bid to become the public address (PA) announcer, he said, because of his status as a freshman and a coach who “doubted that I could do it.” Determined not to give up, he announced games for Spartanburg Methodist College. He also got an internship at Greer Today, an online media outlet.

Immediately, he made his mark. “Greer was a print journalism job, but the way the industry is going, I convinced them to do three- to six-minute recaps of videos,” Love said. “People love to just watch quick videos.”

One such video featured Love interviewing Aaron Rodgers, who was in Greenville, South Carolina, for the BMW Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in May 2017. The charity tournament paired celebrities with professional golfers.

“Aaron Rodgers showed up 10 minutes early and I was the only reporter there, so we killed time talking one on one,” Love recalled. “He handed me a Pepsi, and although it was just a common courtesy, it was a big deal for me, being a young journalist.”

Love’s desired medium was always TV, but he got journalism experience in print at Greer and in radio when he earned an internship at ESPN Upstate during his junior year. On ESPN Upstate’s radio program “The Huddle,” he interviewed Cam Newton, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley and former Coastal Carolina pitcher Alex Cunningham, who preserved a 4-3 victory for his team in the 2016 College World Series.

“I’ll always remember these big interviews and I hope there’s more to come,” Love said.

Love feels that he made an impact at University of South Carolina Upstate by inspiring the school to add more PA opportunities for students and by starting the Spartan Sports Network talk show during his senior year.

Now, he’s focused on his new role with NTV News as he reports from the field and generates stories that cover high school, college and professional sports. “For the longest time, I’ve had two goals: to become a Division I athlete and to be a sports reporter,” he said. “For the first time in a long time, I have to come up with new goals.”

Those goals include becoming a weekend anchor and, eventually, a sports director.

“It has met and exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I have anchored sports segments on TV several times when my colleagues were out or on vacation. It’s been busy, but I’m doing what I love and learning from great mentors.”


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