Group Critique 45: October 2020

We have audio critiques featuring football, baseball and interviewing. The video portion focuses on football play-by-play and TV sports anchoring.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An important area where broadcasters are held to a higher standard.
  • When to sprinkle scores from other games into your broadcast. And when not to.
  • A baseball play-by-play tip you’ve likely never heard but will make a big difference
  • A common interviewing mistake.
  • An important time NOT to talk in a football telecast.

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Group Critique 44: September 2020

Baseball, football, and volleyball PBP on tap for the audio critiques. On the video side we have a sports anchor/reporter reel and football PBP.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Tips for doing mock broadcasts from your TV
  • How to use dead air as your baseball broadcast partner
  • When speaking in phrases will improve your play-by-play
  • How a unique phrase goes from cool to cliche
  • Suggestions for maximizing your voice quality
  • A simple mental image to improve your football play-by-play

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Group Critique 43: August 2020

Audio-only this month, featuring baseball and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The reason you’ll want to divide your baseball broadcasts into thirds
  • The place to habitually give the score in your baseball broadcast
  • Tips for emphasizing the importance of base runners
  • A key to slowing down your basketball play-by-play

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Keys To Network-Caliber Sports Talk

Great sports talk sounds spontaneous. Folks like Jim Rome, Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd make it sound easy. It’s not easy. What sounds spontaneous and effortless is actually the result of many hours of preparation.

This multi-media presentation will show you the techniques and strategies you can use in your own show to build it into a network-caliber, ratings and revenue generating machine.

Group Critique 42: July 2020

This month’s Group Critique features football, basketball and baseball play-by-play.

The audio episode features a focus on how to use your voice as an instrument. It is the number one technique that separates good play-by-play broadcasters from great ones, yet the most difficult to master.

You’ll also hear . . .

  • A common football habit that indicates lack of preparation
  • An example of the line between partiality to your team and homerism
  • An editing technique to make calling a game from TV sound more plausibly live
  • Examples of showing personality in a TV broadcast

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Group Critique 41: June 2020

We hit for the cycle in the audio program — football, basketball, baseball and hockey play-by-play. The video features sports anchoring and reporting, interviewing and baseball play-by-play.

Among the nuggets . . .

  • Subtle examples of using your voice as an instrument
  • A common mistake among basketball broadcasters
  • How over-using first and last names can hurt your broadcast
  • The advantage of sounding conversational versus polished
  • Examples of great script writing
  • Tips on effective structure for questions
  • How to emphasize the subtle but important storylines in your play-by-play

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Group Critique 40: May 2020

We have a wide range of audio and video samples this month. Included are football, basketball, baseball, softball, hockey and radio news/sports anchoring.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The additional piece of info you should always give with time and score
  • A common mistake to avoid when giving the score
  • An important difference in the ways that headline news and sports news scripts should be delivered
  • A simple technique to add drama to your play-by-play voice
  • Good examples of 4th Gear play-by-play
  • Instructions you should give your analyst before broadcasting a no-huddle football team
  • Examples of showing your personality in your play-by-play

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Group Critique 39: April 2020

We have audio and video this month featuring basketball, baseball and hockey play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Key info to include with time and score
  • Why fair and foul balls should be treated equally
  • Great examples of character development in a hockey broadcast
  • Why you give time and score immediately after a made basket
  • Two tips for maximizing the resonance of your voice
  • How to use your personality to set your broadcasts apart
  • How to vary your pacing
  • How to underscore key moments in a basketball game
  • Advice for setting up your analyst for success

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Member Hangout – March 23

Having limited access to people is quickly becoming not-so-great. We’re hosting a regular STAA members hang out to share stories, vent, ask questions, (hopefully) get answers, receive motivation and hopefully a few laughs.

If you weren’t able to join us live, you can check out the archive here!

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Group Critique 38: March 2020

The audio critiques this month include sports talk, basketball and hockey.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A good example of a sports talk host presenting, then supporting his opinion.
  • The valuable sports talk techniques of storytelling and making topics relatable.
  • Score context and why to include it in your play-by-play.
  • When play-by-play broadcasters should NOT use great energy.
  • Why sending only play-by-play highlights to an employer will not get you hired.
  • Best practices for a TV basketball play-by-play demo.
  • The easy fix when you’re told your delivery needs more energy.
  • An acting technique that TV sportscasters should also employ.

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