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Nicholas Romano at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Kutztown Alumnus Nicholas Romano Works at Rio Olympics

By Jessica Burns '17

Nicholas Romano graduated from Kutztown University in 1998 with a degree in Electronic Media.

Romano currently works for NEP Group Inc. NEP works on broadcasting for remote-mobile facilities for all major networks for entertainment and sports broadcasting. A few of these networks are ESPN, FOX, and CBS. With his current role in NEP, he had the opportunity to go to the Rio De Janeiro Olympics with NBC to broadcast coverage to the United States.

"From the United States, NEP sent over 12 to 15 mobile units to cover the handful of sports that NBC would have us cover. Some of the things that we covered were opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and beach volleyball. NEP sent 40 staff members with the mobile units to facilitate the broadcast, and I was directly related to the mobile units. Some of my duties were managing the staff, helping with engineering, trouble shooting, tearing down units, and moving units when needed."

Nicholas Romano at the 2016 Rio OlympicsThis was not Romano's first experience with the Olympics through NEP. In 2010, he worked at the Vancouver Winter Olympics as an engineer. He explained that the two experiences were considerably different. In Vancouver he was dealing with generally one event, where in Rio he oversaw multiple events.

Although he was busy much of the time, Romano managed to find some time to explore both the Olympics and Rio.

"One event I wanted to see was the swimming. I did have the opportunity to see Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky. It was a great opportunity to be a spectator and to experience a few medal ceremonies. When a nation or athlete won, everyone in the crowd stood up for any country's national anthem. Everyone honored the athletes for their success."

Romano's favorite experience overall, however, was the opening ceremony. After all of his hard work it made him feel a sense of accomplishment. At the end of the ceremony he felt that, "the games are on and that we really did this. Our hard work, at least planning wise, for over a year is finally complete. We're getting this done."

Romano continues to excel in his career and is the first to share constructive ideas that led him to success. He believes that every person has the ability to do anything they want with determination.

"The beauty of this country is that with your work ethic, ability to network, do your job efficiently, communicate efficiently, and produce results, you have the opportunity to succeed and be proud of your success."

Romano credits much of his success to the KU Electronic Media department.

He spoke of his professors coming from the industry deciding to help grow young minds, getting positive messages across, and having the desire to help students get where they need to go.

Another contributor to Romano's success is his high school TV department, for giving him the drive to find something that he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

"You have to have a drive to want to do something and you have to understand that you will make mistakes and there will be failures. You just need to dust yourself off and try again."

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