January 31, 2024

Alumni Spotlight: CJ Silas ‘84

Did you know what you wanted to study when you graduated from Oakwood?
Yes, I knew I wanted to be in sports broadcasting, but wasn’t sure which direction.

What do you love most about what you’re doing now?
30+ years later and the minute I turn my microphone on, I am automatically “In The Zone!” I get fired up to interview some of the biggest names in sports. I never get bored, ever!

What advice do you have for young girls who want to go into journalism or broadcasting?
Be more prepared than everyone. Be ready for anything. Don’t undersell yourself or let other people break you down. Dig deep and be confident in who you are and how much you know. Find the right soul group—other women who support & encourage you. We always need a cheering section.

What are some of the things you like most about your job in sports broadcasting/journalism?
There is never a game that is the same as the last or the next. The excitement at each event is always fresh and different. I love interviewing athletes and coaches and asking them questions they have never been asked before.

What is a professional highlight of your career?

Being a finalist for The Chicago Cubs stadium announcer job and getting to audition at Wrigley Field in 2021. Being a finalist for the Atlanta Braves stadium announcing gig and going to Atlanta to audition inside Truist Park in 2022. Super Bowls, MLB All-Star Games, The NBA Finals, and The French Open. I can’t pick just one. Interviewing Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods were definitely interview highlights!

Do you have a favorite moment or a fun memory to share from your time at Oakwood?

Our senior trip was amazing. My classmates raced Headmaster Jim Astman across a lake. If my friends won, they could change the name of the school, and they won! So we got to change the name of the school from The Oakwood School to The Bullwinkle School (temporarily).

Did you have a favorite class or teacher at Oakwood?

Mickey Morgan was an essential role model and guide in my life. He encouraged us to be critical thinkers and to think about issues from different angles. If you took the other side, you better have some facts and information to back it up!

How did your time at Oakwood help to prepare you for your current career, activities, friends, etc.?

My time there taught me that I may not always be the smartest person in the room, but there is great value in being the most prepared person in the room. At Oakwood, we were constantly encouraged to be ourselves and be comfortable in our bodies. For me, Oakwood wasn’t about who I was going to become or what I was going to do with my life, it was about giving me the confidence to know I was smart enough to do whatever I wanted to do.