Most of you are familiar Dale Hansen of WFAA fame. You probably are even aware that Hansen pays homage each week to certain student athletes by awarding Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the week award. This award goes to well-rounded students who excel in sports and academics as well as other extracurricular activities. It is, as you might imagine, a very select award, going to very few students.
Brady Miller was the 2011 Valedictorian. He was also a star athlete and involved in many extracurricular activities. This was enough for Coach Jeff Thomason to nominate Brady for Hansen’s award. And, although we all know how deserving Brady is, the fact is that there are hundreds of students nominated and very few chosen.
Brady learned the first part of June that Hansen and his team had chosen him to represent Comanche as the Scholar Athlete of the Week; however, he was unable to attend the taping because he was scheduled to be at freshman orientation at Texas Tech University.
So, it wasn’t until July that he was able to travel to Dallas and the old WFAA studio where Hansen tapes his winners.
“We walked into the studio and had some time to look around in the studio and sit at the old news desk before Hansen entered the room. That was like a tornado hitting the room!”
Hansen? Surely not!
“He was very personable and nice. There were two stools set up in front of a green screen and there were screens set up all over the studio so I could see myself all over the room.
“There was a teleprompter over the camera, and Hansen read from it really quickly to be sure that the information was correct. He told me what question he was going to ask, and then began very quickly.
“I looked at one camera and introduced myself, then looked into the other camera where Dale was talking to me.”
Of course, I had to know if the experience sparked any interest in a career in broadcasting.
“No interest in broadcasting, I’m not much of a live studio performer, but it was a lot of fun and a great experience.”
Brady’s segment will air this Sunday, August 21, 2011, at 10:30 p.m. on WFAA. The show is sponsored by McDonalds who will donate $250.00 to Comanche High School.
“I’d like to thank Coach Thomason for nominating me. He really has our basketball program going in the right direction and I respect the game a lot more because of him.”
There is a lot to respect about Brady Miller as well. By the time the show airs, Brady will be living in Lubbock, Texas where he has decided to major in Premed Biology. The town of Comanche will miss his smiling face, won’t we?