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Local making a name for himself in the radio world

By Stephanie Hill
Nov. 10, 2017 at 1:14 p.m.

Blake Holland works hard  with CBS Radio in Dallas with their news/talk station  NewsRadio 1080 KRLD.

A former Carthage resident is making a name for himself in Dallas.

Blake Holland recently began working at CBS Radio in Dallas for NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, their news/talk station.

"Right now I'm anchoring and editing the KRLD Sunday Morning News from 6:30 to 8 a.m., along with anchoring and editing newscasts at the top and bottom of each hour from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.," Holland said. "Editing is another word for producing in radio. Meaning I select the stories and plan out the newscasts along with presenting them. I also do some reporting for the Texas State Network, which is the statewide radio network that we share a newsroom with. KGAS in Carthage is actually a TSN affiliate. So, folks in East Texas might occasionally hear me reporting on news from around the state."

Holland said the opportunity to work with CBS in Dallas came about because when he worked at KGAS he was also a stringer for TSN and CBS Radio.

"Anytime a big story of statewide interest would happen in East Texas, I'd send in some reports," Holland said. "By doing that, I had the opportunity to build a relationship with the great folks at CBS in Dallas. Once I moved to Denton and started attending UNT, I began planting the seeds that would ultimately help me get the job. I even came in for a meeting with the news director and managing editor at the beginning of the summer, just to let him know that I'd love to help them out with anything they need. And to my surprise, they e-mailed me a couple of months ago asking if I'd be interested in doing Sunday mornings. And of course, I said, 'Yes!' Really a dream come true for me."

Sunday's start early for Holland since he has to come in at 4 a.m. Once at the office, he looks at the news content from the day before and overnight. He'll also update stories with new information, if needed. After determining what they have, he starts placing the stories in to the different newscasts.

"My first update airs at 5:30 a.m., and the long-form newscast goes on at 6:30 a.m.," he said. "From 6:30 to 8 a.m., it's nothing but news. KRLD is also the DFW traffic leader, meaning we do more traffic reports than anyone in the market. Every 10 minutes, I toss it over to our traffic anchor, Daniel Baham, for an updated report. It's a very fast-paced show with a lot of different moving parts, but I absolutely love it."

When he is finished with the newscast, Holland edits and anchors all of the other hourly newscasts until 1 p.m. He also reports for KRLD and TSN. Holland also fills in on various shifts throughout the week with anchoring and reporting.

As for if he likes it or not, Holland said he doesn't like it, he loves it.

"I first visited the CBS Tower in Dallas when I was in high school, and it's still surreal that I get to work there," Holland said. "It's such a great learning experience also. It's a very diverse newsroom filled with decades of experience. I consider myself blessed to be among some of the greatest in the broadcast industry, people I've looked up to since I was just a kid."

Even though he is still a student at the University of North Texas, Holland, who is part-time at CBS, has become a pro at balancing work and school.

"When I was in high school, I anchored the 5 o'clock news each day on KGAS for about two years," he said. "Today, I still have quite the balancing act between school and work. People always ask me how I balance it all, and I'm not exactly sure to be honest. I've always enjoyed what I do, and don't consider it work. I feel like if they knew how much fun I was having, they would just stop sending me a check! It can be tough sometimes, but I believe it's worth it. I've been blessed with supportive family and friends who make it easy on me. I really can't imagine doing anything else."

Holland also still works as the Assistant News Director at the campus TV station, overseeing their 10 live student-produced newscasts each week.

He also remains grateful for all the support and opportunities he has received over the years.

"I'm just so incredibly blessed to have this opportunity," Holland said. "And it doesn't come without help from so many people throughout my life. As you know, I've been doing this stuff since I was a kid. When I was in elementary school, Jerry Hanszen was kind enough to let me hang around the radio station and pick up on all the tricks and techniques. He eventually gave me my first job in the business. Along with that, I can't imagine not having the opportunity to be a part of the award-winning broadcast journalism program at Carthage High School. All of these things, along with very supportive family and friends, have helped me so much. And I'm so very appreciative."

Holland, a junior at UNT, is scheduled to graduate in December 2018. As for what the future holds, Holland had one thing to say, "As we say in the broadcast world, stay tuned for more details."

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