“06880” is a big fan of DJ Sixsmith. The Staples senior is a mega-talented radio and TV sportscaster. He’s got a good shot at becoming the next Bob Ley.
The real Bob Ley knows it too. The other day the ESPN star wandered down from Bristol, and over to the Staples Media Lab. He and DJ chatted about their careers. (Bob’s is longer — he joined ESPN on its 3rd day of existence in 1979, more than a dozen years before DJ was born.)
They also talked about the March 22 fundraiser Bob is hosting at Fairfield University.
The event — which also includes Bob’s colleagues Josh Elliott, Chris McKendry and Justin Kutcher — offers an outside-the-lines, behind-the-scenes look at ESPN, like how the shows get on the air, and all the fun stuff left in the newsroom that viewers never see.
It’s a benefit for FSW, the 161-year-old Bridgeport-based social services agency (formerly Family Services Woodfield). Bob is a board member, and DJ helped promote the event (including a silent auction) on the air.
On Tuesday, Bob Ley will tell tales about his work — everything from announcing World Cup soccer and NCAA Final Fours, to covering an earthquake during the 1989 World Series and assessing the impact of the 9/11 terror attack on sports.
DJ Sixsmith does not have that resume — yet. He’s called some pretty exciting basketball and football games, but the Staples Wreckers are not the Green Bay Packers.
Then again, when Bob Ley was 17, Howard Cosell didn’t wander into his high school station to say hi.
(Tickets for “Outside the Lines & Behind the Scenes at ESPN” are $20 general admission; $50 for a meet-and-greet and auction. Click here to order, or for more information.)