Group Critique 17: April 2018

On the radio side Jon critiques basketball, football, and hockey play-by-play. TV critiques include basketball play-by-play and a sports anchor/reporter reel.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A great example of basketball description
  • What to say while you work on ID’ing the tackler
  • How to use time and score to build drama on a TV PBP broadcast
  • Why your facial expressions add to your sportscast

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Group Critique 16: February 2018

It must be basketball season! This month’s session is almost exclusively basketball PBP (including a TV demo)… with a little sports talk hosting to spice things up.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The phrase that might be softening your sports talk opinions
  • When the shot clock becomes mandatory info in basketball PBP
  • A good example of when it’s okay to fall a count or two behind
  • Types of description to leave out of a TV PBP broadcast

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Group Critique 14: October 2017

This month our Group Critique is all radio. Jon critiques hockey, football, and baseball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • When and how to use team nicknames
  • The perfect way to open a demo segment
  • A fine example of description in football play-by-play

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Group Critique 13: August 2017

This month our Group Critique includes radio and TV demos. Under radio we have plenty of baseball PBP, football PBP, and an interview. On the TV side Jon reviews basketball and baseball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The question you must answer to turn your broadcast into a story
  • One thing to track in football PBP
  • How often to reset an interview guest
  • How long to your questions should be during an interview
  • A good example of providing captions in TV PBP

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Group Critique 11: April 2017

Beginning with this month, we’ll be alternating Member Makeovers and Group Critiques!

This month our Group Critique includes reviews of football, basketball, sports talk show hosting and interviewing.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to add texture to your play-by-play delivery
  • Why you need to make your sports talk topics relatable and how to do it
  • A common mistake to avoid when interviewing someone

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Group Critique 10: Winter 2017

The first Group Critique of 2017 packs a punch with plenty of radio and TV critiques. The radio session covers sports talk, football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. For the TV crowd Jon reviews hockey, a sports anchor/reporter reel, soccer and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why you need to structure your post game show
  • How to add clarity when you give the time and score
  • What to do if you feel like you need to speak faster in basketball PBP
  • An illustration of PBP character development
  • Aiming for the bigs? Discover why you need to add pitch type and location to your PBP
  • A great example of voice control in hockey PBP
  • The facial expression you must use as a sports TV anchor/reporter

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Group Critique 9: Fall 2016

Fall and football are synonymous in this quarter’s group critique. This all play-by-play critique session features football and a few pinches of basketball to add spice.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • When to include the play clock during football PBP
  • A Kevin Harlan-esque example of PBP description
  • The PBP components that are like chocolate and peanut butter
  • A good example of shifting energy from third to fourth gear
  • The element you should never include on a PBP demo

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Group Critique 8: Summer 2016

The summer quarter group critique features play-by-play, sports talk, and an interview assessment. PBP critiques include baseball, basketball, and football.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why you need to include actualities during your sports talk show
  • The point when you should always be giving the time and score during basketball PBP
  • How to listen for “announcer voice”
  • A great example of basketball PBP that includes extensive vocabulary
  • What you might be doing too much of when conducting an interview

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