According to Lee Matthews, Zach Cooper makes a good radio show host and television broadcaster for two vital reasons.
“You know, you’re two things. You talk a lot and you’re annoying,” said Matthews, who happens to be Cooper’s uncle and inspiration for getting into the vocal business.
“People will find it kind of funny depending on what kind of annoying you are,” said Cooper.
However, getting his own radio show certainly did not appear out of nowhere. Experience and a good reputation got him that. After creating “Cup Check Radio” with his mother’s friend Steve Myers, they later decided it was time for a change. Cooper and Myers then formulated their now more popular show, “Two Cents: Sports and Entertainment Show”, which covers a broader spectrum encompassing everything from high school sports to national politics. While at FAU, Cooper hopes to bring his lessons learned from the Lutz community to the Boca Raton region so that he can successfully draw in listeners for a riveting bit of radio sports entertainment.
“All college sports are big. I’ll cover them all starting in the order that they begin. From football to basketball to baseball,” said Cooper. “I’ll probably spend a lot of time on the Miami sports area since that is where I’ll be spending most of my time but I’ll definitely still talk about Tampa and other areas surrounding Florida.”
With FAU preparing to hand over a personal studio and radio station exclusively for his usage, Cooper is ecstatic with anticipation for the coming year. He plans to call his show “The Morning Rush” and his reason is simple:
“The mission’s to give everyone what they want to hear. Obviously I can’t please everyone but if I can please the majority then I’d say I’ve done my job,” said Cooper. “After college, I have three main goals. The big one is becoming a college coach. Then behind that would be getting my own radio show and then I plan on getting a minor in education and spreading out if coaching doesn’t work out,” said Cooper.
Since his sophomore year of high school, Cooper has stressed the importance of making connections and getting to know the right people. Past and present Steinbrenner newspaper sports editors such as Jeff Odom, Zealand Shannon, and Evan Abramson are among such he lists.
“It’s all about taking different perspectives. Learning all different styles. [Abramson is] different from Jeff and Jeff is different from Zealand. It’s all about picking up things here or there to improve upon. Because in any profession, there is always room for improvement,” said Cooper.
Even now as he spends his last few months in Lutz, Cooper is still trying to get the experience in what he hopes to become his future career following his graduation from Florida Atlantic University.
Evan Abramson/Online Sports Editor