On the court, behind the lens
The Towson Center is the site of many memorable moments: welcome day freshman year, sporting events, graduation day senior year.
For alumnus Tim Walbert, the Towson Center is where he fulfills his dream job as a filmmaker.Walbert, class of 1980, said he has come full circle.
He studied film at Towson, and now directs sports shows at the University as well as the Baltimore Orioles broadcast.
“When I graduated I was a mass comm major,” he said. “They didn’t have an electronic media and film program when I was there, but if you wanted to go into television or radio or anything like that, you went into mass comm.”
Walbert and his fellow producer Chip Winfield, a graduate of the class of 1992, are freelancers for an array of companies, one of which being Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Winfield is also a producer for the Washington Nationals broadcast. The company hired the two to film Towson Men’s Basketball vs. Delaware at the Towson Center Wednesday night Feb. 6.
Walbert said the last time he directed a film for Towson, as many as seven people on the film crew were Towson alumni.
“We were counting amongst ourselves and there are a lot of people in the freelance television community of Baltimore and Washington who actually graduated from Towson,” he said. “That says a lot about the university.”
Walbert’s connection to Towson University doesn’t stop with his degree. Both of his older brothers as well as two cousins studied at Towson and his daughter is a freshman.
“It’s fun as a parent to come and work there where my daughter is going to school, but it’s doubly fun because it’s where I went to school, too,” he said. “It has grown and improved and become a much better university.”
Walbert said if he were to give words of wisdom to current EMF majors looking for a chance at a career like his, he said to never give up.
“My advice would be to work hard all the time,” he said.