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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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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Group Critique 37: February 2020

The audio features basketball, football and softball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to help a nasally voice and bring out your bass
  • A common mistake that will cause you to fall behind in your play-by-play call
  • When to ignore the shot clock and when referring to it becomes mandatory
  • How to add texture to your delivery and why it’s important
  • How to find your third gear for play-by-play
  • A common phrase used in radio that should not be used on TV
  • Examples of why it’s important to keep your comments brief
  • Advice for when you are broadcasting without an analyst

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