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CK Faces: Mac the voice
Kevin Mac almost literally fell into becoming the voice of the Kitsap BlueJackets.
Mac, who has been a public address announcer and broadcaster at too many county events to count, slipped on some water at an area grocery store, breaking his wrist in the process. The attorney representing him in the ensuing suit? BlueJackets co-owner Rick Smith.
Rick committed to him based on some game tapes of Evergreen (State College), friend and broadcast partner Jim Portune said. Kevin hadnt even done baseball before that. That just shows his raw talent.
Macs voice is a familiar one in Kitsap County, heard at area sporing events ranging from BlueJackets games to youth sports tournaments. In addition to broadcasting, he also writes and produces commercials. A scene he recalled from the Central Kitsap Babe Ruth 50th Anniversary Tournament two weeks ago is not uncommon for Mac.
Its kind of funny because my voice is pretty distinguishable, Mac, 44, said with the same warm tone and passion that he uses on air. I had people pop their heads around at the CK Babe Ruth tournament and said, Hey, I know you.
While Mac has always wanted to work in broadcasting, particularly sportscasting, the road getting there wasnt always smooth. After graduating from North Mason High School, Mac got married and spent the better part of 10 years out of the realm of broadcasting. After that break, he got his degree from National Broadcasting School and has since built a resumÃ© that includes work at stations like KKFX and KITZ, as well as gigs broadcasting for The Evergreen State College (in Olympia), Olympic College and West Sound TV.
I was running a restaurant, traveling around a little bit, Mac said of his time away. But I always found myself doing what I do now to the TV.
Eventually, he decided he needed to get back into his passion.
I go, You know what, what am I doing? Mac said. Im getting farther away from home running restaurants for crying out loud. So I moved back home.
With Mac on board for another season with the BlueJackets (this time alongside former OC baseball coach Mike Reece), he knows hes been fortunate to do something hes loved for so long.
Thats something very few people get to do, Mac said. It wasnt something I did steady out of high school. But its fun to look back and say, Wow, Ive been doing this for a number of years now. Not many people get to do what they want to do.
Part of his return to radio is due to friends like Portune.
Jim is really responsible for resurrecting my career, Mac said. I was like a hydroplane dead in the water. He needed a host for a show. I knew some mutual friends and they brought up my name.
At KITZ, Portune and Mac teamed up for a morning sports show.
I was selling at KITZ and a radio opportunity came up to do a morning sports show, Portune said. I had no experience. I did the first show and realized I needed help. That was the longest hour of my life.
That show, Coaches Corner, led to another show before the pair again worked together at TESC.
With the BlueJackets, Mac and his fellow broadcasters started the Junior Broadcasters program, where he invites a young fan into The Bunker during the third inning of games.
We just thought, If were going to do this, itd be fun to find out what kids are up to out there, he said. Weve had 4- and 5-year-olds on up to 13-year-olds. Its just as much fun for them as is it for me to interview them. I enjoy kids.
The Bunker is the affectionate term Mac and fellow broadcasters have dubbed the booth at Kitsap Fairgrounds Ballfields.
Literally, its a big concrete box, Mac said. If a bomb went off, wed duck and be safe.