and weekend anchor. In 2002, Siroty
came to Beck with the idea of creating a
At the time, there were only two
such camps in the United States, in
California and Tennessee. Siroty also
recruited Ian Eagle, an Essex Fells resident who calls NFL games on CBS-TV
and Nets games on the YES Network.
Like Beck, Eagle had spoken to classes
taught by Siroty at Seton Hall, but he
and Beck were mere acquaintances—
and they had no books to guide them
in the new venture.
“We were both really nervous,”
says Beck. “We didn’t know how it
would evolve. It was like being a
freshman in college.”
Thirteen years later, the Bruce Beck
& Ian Eagle Sports Broadcasting Camp
has doubled from the original 40 kids
to more than 80 last year in a session
for beginners and one for advanced stu-
dents. This year’s camp will be held July
20 to 24 at the Yogi Berra Museum and
Learning Center at Montclair State.
Beck and Eagle show up for every
camp activity, including exercises,
workshops, and a field trip to a Som-
erset Patriots minor-league baseball
game, where the campers call the
action into tape recorders. “We can’t
just roll out a ball and tell them to
play,” says Eagle. “They get to know
us as people. We’re not just speaking
to them for an hour a day, then hand-
ing it off to someone else.”
Beck wouldn’t have
it any other way. “I tell
them three things are
most important: num-
Beck at Yan-
Jeter in 2014. P H
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