Student Spotlight: Ryan Balick and Jake Sotir

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 | 0 comments



“We’re total sports nerds… It’s our lives.”


This dynamic duo has been arguing since sophomore year and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Ryan Balick and Jake Sotir are the two senior hosts for ESTV’s One-on-One Sports this year and we would like to tell you a little bit about them.

Balick is a Management Major from Matthews, North Carolina. Through his childhood, his father encouraged him to cheer on teams from New York, so naturally his favorites are the Jets, Mets, Rangers, and Knicks. Balick’s obsession with sports started in Kindergarten when he got his first glimpse of ESPN’s SportsCenter, and ever since, he’s been hooked.

Sotir is a Marketing Major from Northborough, Massachusetts. Being from Massachusetts, it was only natural that Sotir became a diehard Boston fan, his favorite teams: the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. Sotir has been hitting baseballs since he was one-year-old and has been watching sports his entire life.

Balick and Sotir met sophomore year, lived together junior year, and have been arguing about sports ever since. They’ve both had internships that involved sports and hope to have a radio show together after they graduate. Balick says, “I want people to want to listen to me” and Sotir feels the same.

These sports fanatics never stop watching ESPN, reading blogs, and forming opinions. But most importantly they never stop arguing, which is really entertaining. Through One-on-One they found a group of people who really knew a lot about sports and they couldn’t be happier. One-on-One is the perfect outlet for these two debaters because Balick says they “really don’t do anything else besides sports.”

It does get tough when their favorite teams play against one another, feelings do get hurt, but they get past it by arguing. Balick says Sotir’s teams are better than his, recognizing that the last time the Rangers won a championship was in 1994. But, their arguments are all in good fun.

I wouldn’t try arguing with these two gurus either. They know far too much about sports and have that certain gift that allows them to talk about sports endlessly. Sotir says he even has the power to make somebody believe him, even if he is wrong. He says, “You don’t have to be right, but you have to do a good job of making other people think you’re right.” And to that I say, good luck to anyone that tries.

(Interviewing these two was entertaining in itself. The Red Sox game was on in the background and, to say the least, Sotir was a little distracted.) 

This year’s hosts are the perfect combination of being energetic and entertaining, all while being knowledgeable on all things sports. They play off one another and have great chemistry. If you haven’t watched the show, check it out! It’s broadcast Tuesdays at 6:00PM on channel 5 or online at For more information on the show follow them on Twitter @OneOnOneSports and “Like” them on Facebook.