Eric Christensen is a Denver native who began his broadcasting career back in college at the University of Colorado.
What hooked him on being a broadcaster? Eric says performing radio play-by-play for CU football and basketball games and covering the team during its 1990 and 1991 Orange Bowl appearances was the bait.
His first paying job was in Scottsbluff, Neb. He was hired as the weekend sports anchor/weekday news reporter. Those weren’t his only duties. As an entry level person in TV you learn to wear many hats. Eric anchored the news, did the weather and even read the farm reports. He’s still not sure what a sow or gilt is.
After 2 years at KDUH-TV, he was hired as the weekend sports anchor/reporter in Kearney, Neb.
All in all Eric spent 6 years on TV in the Cornhusker state.
His time happened to correspond with the Huskers winning back-to-back National Championships and also included the Big Red going 6-0 against his beloved Buffs. (Watching and having to cover the Buffs lose in Lincoln in 1996 was definitely a career lowlight.)
Eventually Eric made my way back to Denver and was hired as a sports producer at Clear Channel Communications. He produced several sports talk radio shows and performed play-by-play for many CU men’s and women’s basketball games. He was also the play-by-play man for the now defunct UPN20 High School Football Game of the Week.
CBS4 hired Eric as a sports producer in 2000.
Whether it’s the Jay Cutler trade saga, the Buffs hanging 62 on Nebraska or the Rockies’ magical season in 2007, he says the job is always exciting and seldom disappoints.
Eric is married and has a son. He enjoys coaching his son Davis’ flag football team, playing golf, reading and supporting the Buffs.
Just The Facts
- • Position: Sports Producer
• Favorite author: Michael Connelly, Mark Frost & Bruce Plaskett
• Most Memorable Interview: Steve Spurrier on his exercise bike at Florida’s football stadium
• What keeps you in Colorado: It’s home.
• Dream Interview: Jackie Robinson
• Dream job: Play-by-play on radio for Univ. of Colorado football & basketball
• Job you would never attempt: Sanitary Engineer
• Alma mater: University of Colorado (91)
• Star Sign: Virgo
• Year Hired: 1999
• First TV Appearance: As Jr. in college, interviewed by Channel 9′s Kevin Corke during state high school basketball championship
• Favorite Story: Feature on old, retired golf pro who lived in Red Cloud, Ned. He once gave Jack Nicklaus putting tip that helped him win US Open.
• Why I am a journalist: Love sports and the drama it provides.
• Hidden Talent: I can juggle.
• Hometown: Denver
• Birthdate: Sept. 7, 1968
• No. of kids: 1 (Davis)
• Hobbies: Golf, coaching flag football
• Favorite Food: Mexican
• Favorite Musician: Red Hot Chili Peppers
• No. of siblings: 1 (Matt)
• No. of pets: 1 (Dog, Benny)
• Favorite Sports Team: CU Buffaloes football & basketball
• Favorite vacation spot: DisneyWorld in Orlando
• Favorite word: Sweet
• Favorite noise: CU fight song
• Least favorite noise: Nebraska fight song
• What’s on your iPod: Coldplay, Counting Crows, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, Neil Diamond
• Biggest risk you’ve taken: Taking my first job in TV in Scottsbluff, Neb.
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