Odd Jobs: Folsom man's career is soundBy: Laura Newell, Features Editor
Stefan Moirao was born and raised in Folsom, but spends much of his time traveling for his career as a part of a sports television crew.
Moirao, 52, splits his work load in half depending on the sport season.
“In the summer I work on the crew that handles all of the wireless microphones and wireless cameras for CBS and Golf Channel live broadcast golf events. I monitor the quality of the audio and video signals that end up on the air. I set up the equipment prior to air and then trouble shoot any issues that arise during the show,” Moirao said. “During the winter, I sit in a television truck and mix audio for the NBA. I make sure that you can hear the announcers, the basketball hitting the floor, the squeaky feet and the crowd. When you are at home watching the game, it is important that you are hearing what you are seeing. I’m the guy that makes that happen.”
When working at the golf events, he is required to be onsite for all events.
“On average, I travel about 22 weeks a year for golf,” he said. “During the NBA season I stay home and work about 12 days a month at Sleep Train Arena. Do I enjoy it? Yes and no. It’s great that when I am at work I can focus 100 percent on work. This also means that when I am home, I can focus 100 percent on my family. The downside is that I have to leave my family to go to work. The 22 weeks might sound like a lot; however, it really isn’t when you think about it. I get to spend 30 weeks a year at home with my family.”
Moirao said his career began 27 years ago when he was building radio stations with a group of contract engineers.
“When the very first TV event was happening at Arco Arena, a friend of mine called me to ask if I had any interest doing live TV. I said, sure, that sounds like fun. And the rest is history. I have been doing it ever since,” he said.
He said the most unique and exciting aspect of his job are his one-of-a-kind experiences.
“I’ve experienced events and places that I probably would not have been able to had it not been for my job,” Moirao said. “I was at the 1989 World Series when the San Francisco earthquake hit. I worked the Olympics in Atlanta. It has taken me to Hawaii, Mexico and many other places. I’ve been to the Masters, PGA Champs and even the Grammy’s red carpet.”
In 2010 Moirao worked on a crew that won an Emmy, winning “Outstanding Technical Team Remote” for golf on CBS.
“This is an accomplishment that I am extremely proud of,” he said.
He said what keeps him working there everyday are the new and exciting challenges he faces everyday.
“It is different each time - the people, the courses, the weather, the town,” he said. “Within a week’s time we set up a TV compound including power trucks, cranes, catering tent, four TV remote trucks, our own golf carts, office trailers, (portable toilets) etc., we broadcast a live TV show, then tear it out and leave things as though we were never there. Then we do it all over again the next week.”
For people interested in this career, Moirao said the best advice is to stay focused.
“If you want to do this, you need to be self motivated and have the drive to get the work and be the best,” he said. “You also need to have passion for what you do. The payoff is that you’ll get to see things and places that you might not see otherwise.”
Still, after living in Folsom for his entire 52 years, he said it’s always nice to come home.
“Folsom is just a wonderful place. It is a great place to raise a family, has a rich history, perfect weather and a thriving economy,” he said. “Of all the places I’ve traveled to, I can honestly say that there is no place I’d rather live.”