Launching the first and probably only wrestling talk show ever on a Christian radio station began Jeremy Borash’s foray into the business.
How did he do that? It helps when the guy running the religious station is a former associate with the AWA.
Talk about diverse. From playing Fred Bock “Fill My Cup Lord – How Great Thou Art” in the evening to interviewing Baron Von Raschke on his claw and career greatness in the morning, a young Borash (even before broadcasting school in Minneapolis) eventually found his calling.
• At age 15, Borash hosted a nightly radio talk show and live television show in the Twin Cities. He won several Minnesota broadcasting awards for his non-wrestling work. Quite the start.
After graduating from the Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis (something to please his parents), he continued in the real world. At 19, he served as program director and morning show host in Fort Dodge, Iowa. “Borash in the Morning” was very entertaining, and his popularity lent him to help causes such as the March of Dimes and United Way
Borash became the youngest person nominated for radio’s prestigious Marconi Award for Broadcasting as America’s Small Market Personality of the Year in 1996. With many radio offers, he returned to Minnesota, but because of creative differences with management (yes, that occurs in all forms of entertainment), he lasted four months. He did not compromise his integrity. He said it was the most disappointing thing and also best thing to happen to him.
Then landing a job with a syndicated radio show in Minneapolis, one thing led to another. See that’s when he began a Saturday morning wrestling radio show on the Christian station he worked when he was 15. Borash met Internet wrestling pioneer Bob Ryder who pitched that show concept to former AWA interviewer Eric Bischoff at WCW, and the rest is history.
• Borash’s diversity, work ethic and ability to do more set a solid foundation which is a key when working for a major wrestling promotion. With so few spots available, it’s hard enough becoming a pro wrestler for a big company. Even harder is doing it as a referee or announcer. Fewer spots.
Borash, a TNA original, wears many hats for TNA Impact Wrestling. That helps him maintain a spot. He is the director of social media, backstage interviewer, play-by-play announcer, live event host and ring announcer. He can write, if needed.
So important, his attitude is good. He enjoys what he does, including interacting with fans, and he has a distinguishable voice.
Through Borash and his bosses, TNA became an innovative company in terms of social media.
TNA Impact Wrestling, a fan friendly company, allows talent and those working backstage to voice their ideas and opinions. It starts from above with TNA President Dixie Carter. She is available to her associates as well as fans. She meets, greets and tweets fans regularly. Borash does as well.
Borash, 38, appreciates and respects Carter. If it wasn’t for Carter, TNA would not have reached its second anniversary, let alone 10.
• Shaking hands with his favorite wrestler as a youth growing up in Minneapolis actually inspired Borash in his career choice.
As AWA legend Baron Von Raschke walked into the arena in St. Paul for a show, Borash, with his dad, stood outside, nearby, watching. His idol stopped and shook his hand, the same hand famous for the match ending claw. That’s all it took. Borash, a lifelong fan, was totally hooked.