Saturday, October 25, 2008

Batt features NASA's Byerly '99, KBTX's Galny '01

Two stories in the Batt earlier this month featured Aggie journalists Crystal Galny '01 and Josh Byerly '99.

Galny, a news anchor at KBTX in Bryan, gave the Batt's Angela Rodriguez a look inside the station, including a chance to try reading the news:
KBTX gave me the opportunity to do a mock newscast. By far, it was the coolest thing I have ever done. Even though the cameras were not rolling, it was intimidating sitting at the desk and reading the news aloud.
Galny said live recordings were nerve- racking at first, but now it's just part of the job.

Byerly, a KBTX alum himself, talked with the Batt's Calli Turner about his career and how he came to be the voice of NASA:
"I've always kept close tabs on NASA. I've been a space geek since I was a kid," he said. "They had a position open in exactly what I wanted to do at exactly the right time."
Byerly serves as the public affairs officer for NASA based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. He said this is the first time his work hasn't felt like a job.
"You get to witness history being made every day," he said. "It's a lot of pressure but it's something I'm honored to do."
Byerly said it helps to have a working knowledge of what NASA is.
"You learn really quickly because you're immersed in it," he said. "It's like learning a foreign language in a different country. You just have to go in there and do it."
Byerly sits in mission control and provides real-time commentary. During a shuttle mission he is in mission control 24 hours a day.