Karen Given has worked in radio since she was 16 years old, getting her start at a small commercial music station in Joshua Tree, California. Her favorite part of the job was reading the news updates at the top of every hour.
She came to WBUR in 1991 as a student at Boston University. In her years at BU, Karen earned degrees in political science and broadcast journalism and expanded her radio skills with a work study job in WBUR’s audio engineering department. Eventually she was hired on as the technical director for Only A Game and Car Talk.
Karen made the transition from technical to editorial by way of Reno, Nevada, where she spent a year as the only feature news reporter for Reno’s public radio station, KUNR. With her newly acquired reporting skills, Karen returned to WBUR as a producer and reporter for Only A Game.
During her tenure with Only A Game, Karen has covered the Salt Lake City Olympics and the first regular season NFL game in London, but her most ambitious story to date was a profile of a town in the Rift Valley where most of Kenya’s elite long distance runners live and train. That story, “Kenya’s Fastest Town,” won the 2007 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting.
The first time an organ was played at a baseball game wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Ballpark organists Josh Kantor, who plays for the Red Sox, and Bobby Cressey, organist for the Padres, share the unexpected history of music at the ballpark.
Friendships between broadcasters and ballplayers aren’t common, but in Ed Lucas, players saw someone who had struggled as hard as they had — if not harder — to get to where he was. Ed and his son, Chris, tell their story, In Their Own Words.
As mothers everywhere tell their teenaged kids, once you develop a reputation for something, it’s hard to shake. The same holds true for sports fans, and earlier this week sports fans in Philadelphia lived up to a reputation they earned back in 1968. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
Matt Mastrantuono didn’t just set out to mash together two ideas. He set out to mash together two communities. Karen Given has the story of how he combined Ultimate Frisbee and live storytelling to create an unlikely mix. Or maybe it’s not so unlikely.
Rob Querry is in his second season as head baseball coach at Heritage High School in Florida. The team had never posted a winning season, but this year, he came up with a creative way to motivate his players. Rob and his wife, Julia, share their story.
In the 1980s, four-time Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis didn’t get his photo on a Wheaties box. Louganis is gay and was told that he didn’t fit into General Mills’ “wholesome demographic.” Some fans didn’t think that was right, and now the company has changed its tune.
Eddie George won a Heisman trophy while at Ohio State University and played in the NFL for nine years. But after his playing days ended unexpectedly, he had to re-invent himself. Eddie George tells his story, In His Own Words.
King Richard III was reburied in March of 2015 in Leicester, England. Ever since then, Leicester’s soccer team has done remarkably well. Only A Game’s Karen Given explores the superstitious buzz surrounding Richard III and Leicester City.
Sarah Marquis is an explorer, but she doesn’t scale mountains or jump off cliffs. She walks. Karen Given has the story of Marquis’ 10,000 mile journey from Siberia to Australia.
Parenting is about choices, and not all of those choices are easy. For the parents of a promising athlete, those decisions can become even more difficult. Kate Buhler and her 14-year-old son, Christoph, bring us the story of one such choice.
Autograph collector Scott Smith is looking for five Sox fans who appeared on the Aug. 13, 1990, cover of Sports Illustrated.
The New England Patriots have punched their ticket to Glendale, Arizona to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Fans withstood drenching rain and blustery conditions in Foxborough last night to watch New England trounce the Indianapolis Colts 45 to 7.
To get to the Super Bowl, the Patriots first have to get by Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck. WBUR’s Karen Given has a look at how the two teams match up.
Not even a cold wind and lopsided loss could dampen the Opening Day spirits of Red Sox fans as they streamed out of Fenway Park.
The New England Patriots will have to overcome more than the Broncos to reach the Super Bowl. They will also have to handle Denver’s altitude and the noise at Sports Authority Field.
WBUR and Only A Game’s Karen Given recaps the 2013 Red Sox’ World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and looks at the year ahead for the team.
The game was all but over on Wednesday night as Red Sox closer Koji Uehara took the mound in the ninth inning. But there was still plenty of excitement inside Fenway Park’s 101- year-old walls.
Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the seventh gave the Red Sox the lead they needed to win and advance to the World Series. They’ll meet the Cardinals for Game 1 at Fenway Park Wednesday.
We close our special series on Boston school sports with undiscussed questions and a look at the way forward.
In sports there are scores and records. In school there are tests and grades. And for Boston students participating in the school district’s privately funded sports programs, all of those are important.