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GROTON — Aspiring for a career in broadcasting, Drew Berlin is a finalist in the Totally Patriots Talent Search, a program sponsored by the New England Patriots franchise and Sports Productions to find local amateurs to host its Sunday morning television show of the same name.

“Being chosen to be among the finalists felt good,” said Berlin, after his performance at the June 20 auditions. “Driving all the way down to Foxboro, I was nervous but then I made it to the finals.”

The Patriots show, broadcast weekly on WSBK-TV Ch. 38 during the regular football season, is a youth-oriented program. Winners of the talent search will host at least one episode of the show.

“Totally Patriots is a program committed to the next generation of Patriots fans,” stated Kraft Sports Productions executive producer Matt Smith in a press release. “Our ideal host is not only energetic and comfortable in front of a camera, but also a huge Patriots fan.”

Open to those from ages 16 to 21, auditions were held at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium studios, with at least 80 contestants showing up to give it a try.

“I didn’t even really know about the search until Bob Coleman at Groton Cable told me about it,” said Berlin, a resident of Charles Street. “He knew that I’d done something with the Celtics a couple years ago when I produced, hosted, and edited the “Crusader Sports Report” for the high school. Doing the report was very satisfying for me because it started me on the path to where I wanted to go in life.”

Berlin, who expects to major in media and communications at Emerson College next year, began his post-high school career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before transferring to UMass Dartmouth to study accounting. But after learning that the Patriots were looking for new talent, the 2008 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School just had to try.

“The Talent Search was done in two stages,” explained Berlin. “The first stage is where contestants can just come in and read in front of a camera. In the second stage, I had to come back later on in the day with about 25 other finalists. We all sat down in a big room with backup players Kevin O’Connell, Matthew Slater, and Robert Ortiz and five other celebrity judges. The whole thing that time was set up sort of like ‘American Idol.’ Again, they gave me a card to read and I had to memorize a little Patriots verse. They also presented us with a scenario and bullet items that we had to use to create a news segment in our own words. After that, the judges talked to me for a while and gave me my score.

“The Patriots Talent Search can be a great opportunity because if I’m picked, it can definitely start something for me,” said Berlin. “The competition was tough and there were some pretty good reporters among the other contestants, but I think my tenacity, my prior experience, and my love for sports will see me through.”

Berlin cracked the top 25 finalists; 12 to 16 will be chosen. “I won’t find out the final results until August,” said Berlin. “But whatever happens, it was a wonderful chance for anyone who wants to go into broadcasting. Win or lose … it never hurts to try.”