Oct. 7, 2004
It’s not often that D.D. Garbarino is on this side of an interview. Since 1996, D.D. Garbarino has been a member of the Seminole Productions staff and as producer of Seminole Sports Magazine, FSU athletics weekly television show, she is one busy lady! This week’s show, which will air on Sunshine Network on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., takes viewers on a day in the life of freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford. There’s also a One-on-One interview with QB coach Daryl Dickey. Sports Information intern Melissa Barnett went behind the scenes with Garbarino and also took a minute to ask some questions:
How many years has the shown been on the air?
The show first aired in 1995.
How many years have you worked here?
I started working here in 1996, so about nine years.
When do you film, edit, and air Seminole Sports Magazine?
We film and edit throughout the week and put the show together and on Thursday, it will get sent out and it airs on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Monday at 11:30 a.m. on Sunshine Network.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
The finished product and working with the kids. I work with between 30 and 40 students every semester and teaching them is a challenge for me, but I enjoy watching them grow.
What is the least enjoyable aspect of your job?
Deadlines! No matter what, hurricanes, rain, sleet and snow, ice, I have to be here and I still have a deadline.
You do stories on every sport, but what is your favorite sport?
Swimming, because it’s what I used to do.
Over the years, who has been your most exciting guest?
Burt Reynolds was fun. Coach Bowden is always fun. Stephen Parry, who won a bronze medal in the Olympics and Brendon Dedekind, also an Olympic medalist, who was recently inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame, both rank right up there.
How many shows do you do during the school year?
We do 35 shows throughout the whole academic year.
As a working mother, is it hard to balance your work and home life?
I have a real strict schedule. I get up at 5:30 a.m. I do my routine at home and then I come into the office between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., so that I can get off at 3:00 p.m. to go pick up my kids. When I get home I have to clean the house, we have homework and then it is off to football. I have two kids, a three-year-old little girl and an eight -year-old boy. I enjoy my time with my kids.
Seminole Productions has won numerous awards over the years. What does that say about this program?
I think that we are very competitive with any other production company. We have got a lot of talented people who work here. We’ve won five Telly Awards, which is a competition that is respected nationally and internationally and receives entries from all 50 state and five continents around the world. One of the biggest awards that we won was the award from Idea, it is called the Golden Matrix Award and we won it in 2001. We beat out all the professional teams and they probably spent $80,000, and here we are with a budget of approximately $15,000. We were the first college to ever do that.