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TV Producer Sherali Najak

Find Out What It Takes to Call the Shots for Hockey Night in Canada

Some people have a long and winding road when it comes to their careers and finding happiness. They work several different jobs in various fields and spend years searching for the right fit.

And then there's Sherali Najak.

Najak is doing what he's wanted to do since the age of 15 -- producing a television show. He is the senior producer of live and remote broadcasts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's esteemed Hockey Night in Canada, which is the equivalent to Monday Night Football in the United States. The show spotlights Saturday night NHL games for Canada's hockey obsessed fans, with Najak situated in the multimillion dollar mobile headquarters calling all the shots. He has to plan the broadcast in advance throughout the week and on Saturdays Najak covers the morning skate, talks to commentators, picks the best storylines on which to focus and then the broadcast starts at 6:30 p.m.

And during the week, Najak and his crew are paid to watch a lot of hockey.

But if you think this job is easy, think again. Najak said his hours are off the charts, making a work-life balance virtually unattainable. Also, the pressure of delivering a live broadcast watched by millions of people is simultaneously the most stressful and rewarding part of the job, Najak said.

Think you have what it takes to make it as a TV producer? Listen to Najak's story and make sure you get to the end to hear his advice for up-and-comers. As an added bonus, listen to Aaron and Sherali trade some good-natured jabs regarding Aaron's Boston Bruins and Sherali's Montreal Canadiens!


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