The nature of the game makes baseball the most difficult sport to broadcast. Learn how to master the art of play-by-play for America’s pastime.

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Keys to Elite Baseball Play-by-play

Discover the key fundamentals to great baseball broadcasting and learn advanced techniques for setting yourself apart in one of the most competitive genres of sports broadcasting.

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STAA Play-by-Play Pyramid

Use the STAA Play-by-Play Pyramid to build your baseball broadcasts from the foundation up or use the pyramid as a self-critique guide.

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Group Critique 5: Fall 2015

We’ve got another all-radio critique session for the fall quarter. Pour yourself a glass of Kool-Aid and listen in while Jon reviews baseball, hockey, sports talk, and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How long to “let it breathe”
  • The importance of using inflection in your delivery
  • How to add more punch to a sports talk segment
  • The one description you should never use in basketball PBP
  • An example of outstanding broadcast vocabulary

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Group Critique 4: Summer 2015

It’s an all-radio critique session this quarter! Jon reviews baseball, basketball, sports talk, and football.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to find a balance between tracking on-field action and adding superlative info
  • How to get pristine audio quality for your demos
  • Why you need to vary your energy level
  • A professional way to call out bad officiating
  • Why you need to be consistent in identifying pitch type and location
  • A great example of making sports talk relatable

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Interview: Mel Proctor, Former MLB Baseball TV Broadcaster

Mel Proctor is the former TV voice of the Orioles, Padres, Nationals and Washington Bullets, among other teams. He is also the author of I Love the Work But I Hate the Business. In this interview Mel shares how he balanced family and a career on the road, why a sense of humor is crucial to a sportscasting career, how to handle executives who don’t know broadcasting, and more.

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Group Critique 3: Spring 2015

In the radio section Jon covers basketball, baseball and sports talk. In the TV section Jon reviews soccer play-by-play, an on-camera open, and a sports package.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The importance of varying your vocabulary
  • The number one critique on play-by-play demos
  • Being specific in basketball about which team has possession
  • Why you need to should be avoiding getting deep into Xs and Os in sports talk
  • The dangers of overusing favorite phrases

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Interview: Mick Gillispie, Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee Smokies Director of Broadcasting, Mick Gillispie, shares the factors he looks for when hiring a broadcasting assistant, how older sportscasters should approach applying for minor league jobs, and why broadcasters just entering the sportscasting job market should attend Baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Plus, Gillispie evaluates the pro’s and con’s of staying in minor league ball and suggests an alternative career strategy for getting to the majors.

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Interview: Andy Masur, San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres Play-by-Play Broadcaster Andy Masur discusses the challenges he faced several years ago of joining an established broadcast team. He also shares advice on weaving stories into your baseball play-by-play and offers tips to up and coming sportscasters.

(Note: Andy is no longer with the Padres. Watch our follow up interview with Andy on what to do after you lose a sportscasting job you love.)

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