Fox 29's new guy: golf nut, ironman dad
Iain Page, the relatively new nighttime anchor at Fox 29, is half Scottish (on his mom's side), which explains the extra 'i' in his name. But there are other mysteries here, like why he would leave a secure, high-paid law job to become a sportscaster. And what it's like to have triplets.
Molly Eichel sat down with Page over lunch at Old City's Fork, just down the sreet from the Fox studios, to get to know the new guy.
Q I know you were at the Golf Channel. Did you start in news and go into sports?
Actually, first I was a lawyer.
Yes, I was a lawyer for seven years. I was a corporate lawyer, so I did a lot of mergers and acquisitions and then I worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission in D.C.
I did a lot of traveling. I thought, "This is great, I make a decent living, I see all of these places." But I was only sort of passionate about it. It's just a job. What could I do that I was really passionate about?
The hardest part is figuring out what that is. I was always a big sports guy, played basketball. I thought I would like to be a sportscaster. I would get paid to do what I already do, which is watch sports all the time.
Q So how did you make the jump?
This was before the internet and there was no way to search stuff, so I just called local stations in D.C. They would say, "Send us your demo tape." And I thought, "What tape?"
Usually you do that in college or your internship, but I didn't do that. I was a lawyer. It took 18 months to find my first job.
Q Did your family and friends think you were crazy for leaving law?
A little bit. But I thought, "I'm going to give this a try because I think I can do this." I think if I went to journalism school, that would have been great, but you don't learn in the same crunch-time way. This way you sink or swim.
Eleven months after that, a station in New York hired me. Then ESPN hired me. Then I went to the Golf Channel. But throughout my broadcasting career people said I should be a news anchor.
One of the things I enjoy about news is that every day is different. You start the day out one way, and at 3, 4 o'clock, everything changes.
Q So tell me aboout your golf game.
Well, I argue about this with the PGA guys all the time. I don't consider it a sport. I think it's the greatest game ever invented. Any free moment I get, I try to play golf.
My wife is a good golfer. But when she plays, I have to watch the kids and vice versa.
Q What's your handicap?
About an eight.
Q So you're good.
I'm okay. For a job and three kids, I'm not bad. It's funny, when I see people out on the golf course, I always hear, "Hey man, I know you used to work at the Golf Channel - I'm usually better than this."
Q You have 9-year-old triplets. What's the first thought that came into your mind when you found out you were having triplets? Mine is, "Oh my god."
Yeah, that was my first thought, too. It's overwhelming because you're thinking, "These are my first kids, but I don't know if I'm ready for three."
It's been great, but it was overwhelming. Three kids at once! It was hard financially, emotionally. Looking back now, it was a daunting first couple of years.
So many diapers. I think it was a thousand a month, 60 bottles a day. It was tough. Most people have never seen triplets before. I had never seen triplets before. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me, though. My life is so enriched by three boys who are smart, engaging, great people. They take you places I would never go.