KAMR Sports Reporter is leaving the station to join the NBA's Boston Celtics.
Austen will be the Team’s web reporter.
Although all the duties have not been fully defined, Austen said, she will host a 30-minute live pregame show on Boston home game days, which will include interviewing Celtics players.
Austen’s first assignment with the Celtics will be helping host an event Saturday, with former Celtics in attendance. Pieces of the Celtics’ old parquet floor will be presented to longtime Boston Celtics season-ticket holders.
“I think my job will be interviewing the Celtics players and helping put up media coverage of the website,” Austen said. “That should be fun.
“I am an NBA fan,” Austen said, “even though growing up in Tampa I was an NHL fan since we had season tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightening.”
Austen arrived in Amarillo on Feb. 14, 2012. She had been a producer at the Golf Channel in Orlando, but “I was fighting for that on air spot,” she said.
Austen sent out more than 100 tapes and resumes, she said, and had become so frustrated with the lack of response that she was going to go into sales.
KAMR-TV sports director Michael Spencer called within a couple of days after Austen had given up hope of working on air.
“I learned so much from working with Michael and Ny Lynn Nichols,” Austen said. “I learned more here than I could have in a classroom or at the Golf Channel. Michael and Ny Lynn really took a chance on me, and I’m so thankful for that.”