Keys Staff Feature – Matt Houston
Next up in our staff features is Creative Production Manager, Matt Houston
How did you end up with the Keys and what previous sports experience brought you here?
My start in sports came during my time at Ball State University, where I was part of a program called Sports Link, which is the nation’s first program that totally immerses students in the world of sports and electronic media. During the summers of 2009 and 2010 I worked as they Associate Producer/Graphics Coordinator for the Fort Wayne TinCaps. (Class-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres) After graduation from Ball State I was hired as the Game Entertainment and Production Assistant for the Indianapolis Indians. (Triple-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) After my time with the Indians, I came home to Maryland and worked on a freelance basis with Antietam Cable and Comcast Sportsnet before finally finding a home in Frederick with The Keys.
What is your position with the Keys and what is your regular day in the office entail?
First of all, I would have to argue the notion that there is such a thing as a “regular day in the office” when working in sports, especially Minor League Baseball, but if there were… I can be found most days in the press box working on my never-ending list of ads/flyers/in-game elements.
What duties do you have on game days and what do you enjoy the most about them?
My duties on game days include making sure all of the still and animated graphics for the video boards are up to date, coordinating promotions with Brandon Apter and Bridget McCabe, and then coordinating the overall in-game presentation between everyone in the press box, camera operators, and those who run the individual promotions down on the field.
What is your dream job to achieve in the sporting world and how long do you think it will take you to get there?
Ah the age old question of “what do I want to do when I grow up” … I know I want to work in the field of sports production, but whether that is for a team like The Keys or for a network like Comcast Sportsnet is still up for grabs. What I do know is that I am very lucky to already have a job that I have so much fun doing that it can barely be considered work.
If there was one thing you could say to the Keys fans about their support over the years, what would you say?
Since this is my 1st season with The Keys, I cannot speak for fan support over the years, but I can say that I have been impressed with the overall fan support during the 1st half of the season. Keys fans have packed The Grove so far this year, and have not been quiet. Whether it’s rally animations on the video board or following along with Frank Key as he bangs his drum during the rally inning, Keys fans love to get loud and I love hearing it.