Fred Brand loves his job as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Thomas Edison State University, but his real passion has always been sports, sports and more sports. He has been actively engaged for more than 45 years in volunteer and professional capacities in the fields of social work and therapeutic recreation, and has reaped much more than he has sown through his work with people with developmental and physical disabilities, and individuals with cognitive and visual impairments. So the opportunity to share his love of sports with the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center’s Audiovision subscribers and provide them with the most current, interesting and relevant sports commentaries from the best NY and NJ columnists has been a perfect match.
Brand has been a volunteer reader with Audiovision since 2014, and kicked off Fred Brand’s Grandstand: It’s All in the Game, Buddy, in February 2015. On his show taped on Nov. 4, 2016, Brand’s special guest was Jeff Hurley, chief operating officer and general manager of the Trenton Thunder, which offered a unique look at the differences between the operations of a minor league team and the major leagues. Hurley explained how his job differed considerably from Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman; the challenges of losing his players to the Yankees while his team is in the minor league playoffs; and the relationship between the Thunder and the Yankees.