Elle Duncan loves being a SportsCenter anchor. She also loves singing. So she found a way to combine the two.
Duncan’s followers on Twitter and Instagram are familiar with her #SCWalkupSong, a sometimes comical ritual she started about six months ago on days when she anchors the program. With help from the show’s crew, she records a 10-15 second song on the set, sometimes including her co-anchors, and blasts it out on social media before the show begins.
“I’m singing all of the time,” said Duncan, who joined ESPN just over a year ago. “You can ask my co-workers and people who have known me since I was a teenager. And so it hit me and I thought this is kind of a fun, behind the scenes look at what we do and how we prepare and how crazy I am.”
The songs vary from genre to genre. Often it’s a well-known ditty with some clever wordsmithing to match a topic or guest on that day’s show.
Ideas are often hatched when she and her co-anchor are sitting in the makeup room before a show. And any time she involves a co-anchor, she makes sure that person knows it’s coming.
While sometimes reluctant to Tweet, she’s found doing the #SCWalkup has been a way to enjoy social media while also helping promote SportsCenter.
“I understand the importance of social networking and I’m also not one of those people who have a lot to say,” she said. “Like I can’t imagine anyone cares what my dinner looks like or where I’m walking or what my outfit looks like that day.”
The singing has been well-received, with more than half a million impressions on her Instagram account. But she knows not to go to the well too often.
“I don’t want to oversaturate it,” she said. “I don’t want people to think ‘Oh my god, enough already, we’re tired of you singing,’ or anyone to think I’m trying to pursue a second career on American Idol because that’s not it either.
“There are times if I don’t feel like doing it, I won’t do it for a week, and then there are times when you’ll see me do it three days in a row,” she said. “There really is no rhyme or reason or method to the madness at all.”
— Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) June 30, 2017