Colin Cosell is a a jack of all trades in the radio and television industry. His work travels have taken him from writing for ESPN’s SportsCenter.com to broadcasting for MSG Varsity; anchoring the news for 1400 WSTC to voicing a piece for the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Getting to this point, however, required a rather unique journey.
It all started with childhood admiration for the work he watched his grandfather, the late Howard Cosell, do for WABC. Even at the age of 5, Colin knew that he wanted to follow in Howard’s footsteps while carving out his own name and legacy. Since jobs in the radio and TV industry were all but non-existant for high schoolers, he found a performance outlet in theater and ended up starring in numerous shows throughout high school and college. By age 19, Colin had landed his first radio gig for 92.1 FM WLNG on Long Island. Under the tutelage of radio legend Paul Sidney, he began hosting “The Nightwatch” from midnight to 5:30am, 6 nights a week, all while also starring in a production of Grease with the Quogue Junior Theater Troupe and running a theater workshop at a summer day camp. Needless to say, the experience took Colin’s work ethic to a whole new level.
While in his junior year of college, Colin landed an internship with Saturday Night Live’s talent department. His time there taught him the inner workings of live television, as well as how to work with celebrities. By his senior year, Colin took an independent voice over class with the legendary Stuart Dillon. The intensive course would not only give Colin the skills necessary to excel at voice over work, but would add another dimension to his overall skill set. In the years after college, he would start doing stand-up comedy all around New York City and share the stage with such greats as Chris Rock, Jim Norton, Dave Attell, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Gaffigan and Bob DiBuono.
Suddenly, at age 22, Colin Cosell had acquired and fine-tuned so many passions for so many outlets, that he was unable to truly define himself in the world of entertainment.
Five years of acting, voicing, comedy shows and various extra work would pass before Colin finally focussed on his true passion: sports broadcasting. After working as a live news anchor for WSTC/WNLK in Fairfield County, Connecticut, a close friend reminded him of his destiny and made him get over his fear of following in his grandfather’s footsteps. From there came the arduous task of trying to break into the sports broadcasting world while simply trying to make ends meet. During this journey, Colin mastered a new skill by emceeing events for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (something he still does today). By his 30th birthday, he had gotten his first break into the industry by working for a new network called MSG Varsity — the world’s first major high-school-centric network. In the years since, Colin has been a reporter, color commentator, play-by-play announcer and anchor, as well as a narrator for several shows on the network which would help land him three Emmy Awards.
Now confident in his work and focussed on his destiny, Colin Cosell is one of the most well-rounded broadcasters in the industry … and he’s really only just begun.
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