Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I wanted to be a sportscaster from as far back as I remember. I grew up listening to Cubs & Tigers baseball on AM radio, and knew I wanted to be that voice someday.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I covered high school sports at WIFF-AM radio & TV7 in Auburn, Ind.
Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Daily Show & Colbert Report, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Chopped, Boardwalk Empire
Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Workout at the downtown Y, movie, dinner at home
Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: Giorgio's Pizza downtown, Black Diamond BBQ
Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: Having to change focus on a moment's notice: going from producing, to writing, to editing, to making graphics, all in a matter of minutes.
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: 2010 NCAA Final Four with Butler; rode on the MotoGP 2-seater at IMS
Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: Book -- anything by Robin Cook, Movie – "Shawshank Redemption" & "Blues Brothers"
Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: A lot of rock, new stuff and old; U2, Rolling Stones, Elton John, The Who
Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: I used to be about 60 pounds heavier, going back about 15 years ago
Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Do what you love and it won’t feel like work.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Las Vegas
Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: The first time I anchored at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, May 2001
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Nope… Not home enough to be a pet guy.
Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: …trying to have a little "me" time
Q: Biggest pet peeve
A: Nosy people & bad drivers
Q: What advice would you give someone to get into business?
A: Don't do it if you just "want to be on TV." There's a lot more to it than that.
Q: When you have visitors to Indy where do you take them?
A: Mass Ave. & some local eats
Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention
Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: I shaved with olive oil -- read an article about it online. Much to my surprise, it worked really well.
Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: Cell phone is pretty crucial, keeps me wired to the world.
Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: I jumped off the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas. It's about 840 feet up. They attach you to a couple of cables and pull on the brake about 50 feet before you land.
Q: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
A: Leave college early & start over from scratch
Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: Pat Hoffmann, brought me on for my first job & got me into my first affiliate job in Fort Wayne.
Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: Travel industry, hotel or cruise ship
Q: If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would do?
A: Call my mom
Q: If you could witness any event, past or present what would it be?
A: A space shuttle launch, always disappointed I never got to do that
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Lost 60 pounds & have kept it off for a couple years now
Brad Brown is the Weekend Sports Anchor at RTV6. He came to WRTV in June 2007, going right to work as an anchor and reporter. He is also a contributor and producer of the High School Sports page on TheIndyChannel.com.
Brown is a native Hoosier, originally from the northeastern Indiana town of Butler. His broadcasting career began as an eighth-grader at Eastside Junior-Senior High School, covering sports on radio and TV in DeKalb and Steuben counties. After graduation, he spent a couple years at Ball State University, before getting his first job with at WANE-TV (CBS) in Fort Wayne.
He came to Indianapolis after seven years in Fort Wayne. During his time "up north," Brown did a little bit of everything: sports anchoring, reporting, producing the midday news and Friday night "Highlight Zone" high school sports coverage and filling in as an anchor on the morning news.
Brown is a longtime fan of the Colts, Pacers, the Indy 500 and NASCAR. He also works with the Miss Indiana Pageant, serving as master of ceremonies for the state competition the past five years. He has worked with local pageants around the state for more than ten years.
"The pageants take care of two things for me: getting away from the desk, the scripts, and the teleprompter and putting me in front of a live audience. I feel like I'm at my best when I can just jump on stage and go," Brown said. "Miss Indiana is a great program for young women and it is a fantastic experience for me just to be a small part of it."
When he gets a chance Brown enjoys traveling. Las Vegas, Nashville, and Detroit ("Go Tigers!") are some of his favorite destinations. He also enjoys cooking and eating whatever good food the local people have to offer. "Indy is a great food city and I'm always looking for a good place to sit down and savor the flavors."
His big dream: hosting a game show. Brown has always been a huge fan of TV games, with "The Price is Right" far and away his favorite. "The new games are fine, but I enjoy the classics: 'Name That Tune,' 'Tic Tac Dough,' 'Match Game,' 'Card Sharks,' 'Family Feud,'" he said. "Those are all great TV shows, even 25 or 30 years later.
"It's always been fun visiting Indianapolis, but living here is even more exciting. I'm lucky enough to have found a place in the heart of downtown and there's always something going on. As a sports guy and a sports fan, this city always has something big. The next major event is always right around the corner. I know Central Indiana loves sports, from the Colts down to college and high school levels. I'm thrilled that I get to be a part of it."