Cold contacting to land a college PBP job

After graduating from Notre Dame this spring, Mike Monaco, set about cold contacting local schools with hopes of turning up a college basketball job. The strategy paid off in securing Monaco the opportunity to call Western Michigan University men’s and women’s basketball on ESPN3.

In this STAA podcast, Monaco shares his strategy and tips for cold contacting local universities.

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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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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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