KRFO / Kat Kountry 105 broadcaster and sales executive Brad Fischer sat down with Todd Walkingstick to talk Owatonna sports on the "Beyond the Game" online program.

Brad has covered Owatonna sports for more than 30 years, though he first stopped at the radio station to inquire about a sales job. While waiting in the lobby, then-owner Todd Hale strolled by and said, "Aren't you Brad Fischer? You played football at Owatonna, right? How'd you like to do the football games for us this fall?" Brad said, "Sure." Todd responded, "You're hired." (It was a simpler time.)

Brad began covering the games with John Connor, who also still works for the station, in 1984. Brad has since added boys basketball, a few girls games, baseball, softball and even volleyball to his play-by-play line-up. I hope to bring him to a couple of wrestling matches in the future.

In his interview with Walkingstick, Brad talks of his love of covering Owatonna sports and the excitement he shares on air thanks in part to the enthusiastic following Indians and Huskies fans have shown through the years. "If I didn't love doing it, I'd have given it up a long time ago, but I just love it."

Brad and Todd discuss Owatonna's state football championship season and other aspects of covering high school sports. The episode includes interviews with OHS Hall of Fame member Chris Herzog and longtime Owatonna athletic trainer TC Carlyle.

I am very thankful to have had the chance to work with Brad since coming to KRFO in 1991. He is a real professional and great supporter of high school student-athletes. Someday we might have to record the conversations we have while driving to the football games together as we have a good time in transit.

Walkingstick conducts Steele County-based sports interviews every week at www.owatonnalive.com, click on "Beyond the Game." Recent interviews include OHS grad Carter McCauley, former OHS administrator Jim Herzog and Owatonna band director Pete Guenther. Todd also covers Blooming Prairie, Medford and general sports topics. Just check back each Thursday for new interviews.

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