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Lindsay Czarniak: SportsCenter’s Next Big Superstar

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ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak speaks on stage at the 40 For 40 Event, 40 Years of Title IX, 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact, at JW Marriott Hotel on June 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for WICT)

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak speaks on stage at the 40 For 40 Event, 40 Years of Title IX, 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact, at JW Marriott Hotel on June 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for WICT)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - It’s been more than a year since Lindsay Czarniak said goodbye to D.C. to become a BIG SILLY broadcaster at ESPN.

She departed local NBC affiliate WRC for the national spotlight in July 2011, made her SportsCenter debut a month later, and has been an exemplary representation of the nation’s capital ever since – and she’s already been promoted.

Lindsay’s career in Bristol began with the midday time slot on SportsCenter, where she and co-host Kevin Negandhi developed an organic on-air chemistry, which radiated from the screen for more than a year before she was bumped up to the 6 p.m. edition.

Big time.

“Everyone there for the most part is great to work with,” Czarniak told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Thursday. “It’s just, every day is very different, with the analysts you have available and the people you have to work with.”

While Lindsay’s glow on the screen can only be matched by her loveable personality, to say she made it to the top on looks and charm would be to discredit the tireless work ethic she possesses, which is truly paramount to all her success.

For instance, the first pre-production meeting for her 6 p.m. broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m., an entire six and a half hours before she goes live.

“That’s good because you have a lot of time to just read and write and just do different stuff, but you do seriously have to, you know, you got to pace out your day a little bit,” Czarniak said. “Like you got to get up and walk around.”

“You just have to be smart about it or else you’ll be dead tired by the time you go on,” she later added.

However, there are certainly some particular aspects Lindsay misses about local coverage.

“When you do local, and you’re able to be out there at Redskins Park and then come back and sit on the set with Jim Vance and talk about it, because you’ve just been there, that’s awesome,” she explained. “So that’s something that I definitely miss and I cherish about that experience there in D.C.”

It’s just this type of attitude that makes it easy to understand how in less than two short years, Lindsay Czarniak has had the exact same effect on a national audience as she delivered over D.C. airwaves for more than seven years.

That is to say, they can’t get enough of her.

And as true with every local starlet turned local hero, she hasn’t forgotten where she came from. ;)

Catch up with Lindsay in the full interview below. Follow her on Twitter.

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