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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Get a baseball broadcasting job

Wayne Randazzo began his career in minor league baseball play-by-play as a No. 1 broadcaster in Mobile just one year out of college. Today, he is the New York Mets new Pre & Post Game Host and Fill-In Play-by-Play Broadcaster.

Landing your first major league job in the largest market in the country is an impressive achievement that Wayne earned through a series of unique career choices.

In this STAA podcast, Wayne shares valuable insight to building a career to the majors.

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The fast track to a Major League Baseball job

how-to-get-a-major-league-play-by-play-jobFour years ago, Jared Sandler was preparing to graduate from the University of Southern California. Today, he is the pre and post-game host and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.

There is nothing proprietary or exclusive in the way Jared accelerated from campus to the Majors. What it is is a smart combination of many different things — things that you can do.

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How to cold contact sportscasting employers

I am a long-time supporter of the cold contact method for finding a sports broadcasting job. Cold contacting is a more efficient plan to get a job versus only applying for published openings. In fact, my belief in cold contacting is so strong, I wrote a book about it.

You don’t have to simply take my word on the effectiveness of cold contacting. Justin Antweil landed his current play-by-play job at Bucknell University by putting together a cold contact plan and following through with his strategy. In this podcast episode Justin shares his strategy and how it lead to Bucknell.

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Overcoming the emotional challenges of your sportscasting career

Recently, I asked STAA clients what they wanted me to blog about. The No.1 reply was regarding the emotional challenges of the sportscasting job market — wondering if you’re good enough to achieve your goals.

We’ve all been there at one time or another.

Instead of writing my own thoughts on the topic, I wanted to bring other voices into the conversation. I interviewed a program director and a play-by-play broadcaster — Aaron Matthews from Ohio and Don Wadewitz from Wisconsin. In the interview, they candidly discuss their own frustrations — both with the job market and the career.

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Road to BCS: Bill Roth

Virginia Tech play-by-play voice Bill Roth shares his thoughts on prepping hard versus prepping smart, and discusses the best routes to a major college play-by-play gig.

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Road to the Pros: Bob Carpenter

Veteran Major League Baseball TV broadcaster Bob Carpenter of the Washington Nationals discusses the best road to an NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL broadcast booth and how you can maximize your longevity in the ultra-competitive sports broadcasting industry.

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