The Mindset to Change Your Life’s Direction, w/ John Brontsema

My whole life was dedicated to baseball from an early time. People say, “Don’t put your identity,” or “You’re not a baseball player. That’s not your identity.” It really is though. While it’s not, it feels like it, because every decision I made, everything I was passionate about was baseball and achieving the next level.



Bob Adlhoch, Executive Producer of Phoenix Suns Broadcast

Bob Adlhoch is a creative television professional specializing in live remote sports broadcasting, and has been a member of the Arizona TV Sports community since 1990.

His clients have included the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN, CBS, ABC, Fox Sports and Turner Sports.

He has produced and/or directed over 2,000 live sporting events, including NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and major college football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and tennis.

He is entering his 19th season with the Phoenix Suns!


About Bob Adlhoch:

favorite movie?
Too many good ones to only choose 1. List includes The Shawshank Redemption, Beautiful Girls, The Usual Suspects

favorite local restaurant
Favorite local restaurant is TC Eggington’s in Mesa – only serves breakfast/lunch, family-owned for 30+ years and fantastic food.

most memorable mistake you have made in your business or career?
I once hit the dreaded “reply all” button on an email that went to about half of the NBA executive office.
As a journalism student at ASU, I conducted an interview with a law professor for some story I was working on. As I was finishing the interview and went to stop my tape recorder (yes, tape) I realized it was already off. I’d not recorded any of the interview. I had to quickly decide if I wanted to trust my memory or swallow my pride, admit the mistake and ask the professor if he could answer a couple of the questions again.

biggest obstacle you’ve overcome:
I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my life and my career, having had tremendous support from my family and colleagues as I pursued my dreams. This may sound very insignificant to many people and not much of an obstacle, but I spent the first 10 or so years of my career always being the youngest person in the room. People would sometimes assume I was older, but often my age would come into a casual conversation among colleagues. Now that I’m turning 50 in a few months, I don’t have issues with that anymore 🙂

someone who inspires you:
Lots of people inspire me. My family (parents, wife, children – I could tell stories for days), friends and many current colleagues are a daily inspiration.

If I had to single out one who inspired me professionally, it would be the late George Allen – the announcer, not the football coach. George was the program director at the Arizona Sports Programming Network in the late 1980s and all through the 90s.

He also was the play by play voice of most local sports in Arizona at the time, calling Phoenix Suns games, ASU sports, Phoenix Firebirds (precursor to the Diamondbacks) and high school football for ASPN. Watching the level of preparation he put in to every broadcast, seeing the depths of the relationships he built with coaches, school administrators and fans was very inspirational.

favorite quote
“Throw the rope back over the fence” – anonymous

This was said to me by a guest speaker in one of my classes sometime during my time at the ASU Cronkite School. I wish I could credit him, but I don’t recall who it was. (I should have paid more attention.) He was telling us that whatever success we might attain in life, we wouldn’t achieve on our own.

There would be LOTS of people that would help us along the way. He implored us to remember that once we’d accomplished whatever it was we’d set out to, and to throw the rope back over the fence to help others achieve their goals and dreams.

favorite Book(s)?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Green Mile by Stephen King
(most anything by Chuck Klosterman)

what makes you happy?
Time spent with family and friends is at the top of the list. I still really enjoy covering the Suns and the NBA after all these years – there’s nothing like a live TV broadcast for a rush of adrenaline through your body.

biggest regret in business?
I’m not sure I’d call it a regret, but I’d like to have a voice and platform to change things about my business. This is a bit of slippery slope when identifying things one would like to change while still actively working in an industry – so I can’t get too specific.

advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do? 
Any time I speak to a class at ASU or any group of young people I get this question. Sometimes it seems as if they are looking for a magic potion that will lead to success. Hard work and persistence are the only answers I know. Work your @$ off and don’t be afraid to tell people what you want to do, ask for the job or the assignment.

Also, be conscious of what you post on social media. It’s great to share your photos and opinions with friends, but what you put out there stays out there. And there can be an opportunity cost to being the most opinionated person on Twitter or Facebook.

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