Ever since his departure from the Chicago radio industry in December of 2014, Pulse Radio’s Faculty Sports Director and Radio Instructor, Dave Juday has been in search of a new home; a place to “plant some roots.” Coming up on one year with Pulse Radio, Juday believes that the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) may be “that place.”
“That place,” used to be ESPN 1000, in Juday’s home town of Chicago. At ESPN 1000, Juday spent nearly 19 years on Chicago’s airwaves as an afternoon-drive sports anchor, field reporter and co-host. Additionally, Juday called play-by-play for the University of Illinois-Chicago’s (UIC) men’s basketball team and hosted a weekly radio show for the University of Notre Dame.
Juday says that the longevity he achieved in Chicago has been the highlight of his career so far.
“Working at the same radio station for almost 19 years, the entire time being able to report on the Chicago sports teams that I grew up passionately rooting for,” Juday said. “I was fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity to perfect my craft at the same station over all those years.”
Despite spending nearly two decades working in the business he loves, Juday recalls the most difficult obstacle he’s had to overcome; when his contract wasn’t renewed by ESPN 1000 and he was forced to “reboot,” his career.
“My position was eliminated due to budget cuts and I found myself at a professional crossroads, wondering what the next step was going to be,” Juday said. “At the same time, my wife was pursing a job transfer to Phoenix, a move that we hoped would benefit her from a health standpoint. She suffers from the autoimmune disease lupus, and always felt better in the hot and dry climate of Phoenix, as opposed to the bitter, cold winters and damp springs of Chicago.”
Juday and his family moved to Phoenix in June of 2015, with a “completely clean slate.” It was at this time when Juday met Steve Grosz, General Manager of the Pulse and Lead Radio Instructor at EVIT.
“I’m thankful that Steve took a chance on a professional sports radio guy and brought me in the fold last November, as a part-time account executive,” Juday said. “That position allowed me to help launch Pulse Sports. It also allowed me to grow within the department, while getting to know the students and learning the ropes at EVIT. ”
Ever since Juday learned the ropes, he’s been teaching them to the students of EVIT’s radio/audio production program, syndicated by the entirely student and faculty-run radio station, 88.7 FM, The Pulse. As head of the Pulse’s sports department, Juday has the opportunity to work alongside fellow broadcast hopefuls every day during the Pulse’s live coverage of high school football, basketball and baseball games.
“I love seeing the same passion for broadcasting in our students that I had at their age and still have,” Juday said.
One of Dave’s students, Royce Thomson credits Juday with his entrance into the broadcasting industry.
“He has shown me the specific areas I need to improve in order for me to have a future in broadcasting,” Thomson said. “Seeing all the things Dave Juday has done in his radio broadcasting career has really inspired me to work toward my own goals.”
Former EVIT student and member of the Pulse, Joey Liberatore has moved on to a broadcasting career in professional baseball since graduating from EVIT, where he worked closely with Juday during his senior year of high school. Liberatore credits much of his professionalism to Dave Juday.
“With Dave being as successful as he’s been in the sports broadcasting industry, he carries himself with such professionalism that it really allows students, including myself, to learn how you should act around other professionals in the industry,” Liberatore said. “He’s one of those mentors that when he speaks you really listen because you know he’s been there and done that.”
Mentoring students like Thomson and Liberatore has inspired Juday to stay at EVIT—a place where he hopes to “settle down.”
“I am loving teaching so far and I think Steve Grosz is a tremendous guy to learn from. The Pulse is such a great centerpiece of the Radio program, providing high school students with the opportunity to get on-air experience at a non-commercial station in a major radio market, learning from two former broadcasters with the combined experience that Steve and I bring to the table,” Juday said. “I’m thrilled to be part of The Pulse & EVIT teams.”
“I’ve never been a guy to jump around from position-to-position or from company-to-company. I tend to look for a place that I can settle down and plant some roots,” Juday said. “I think EVIT is that place.”