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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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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Group Critique 36: January 2020

The audio program features football, basketball and sports talk. The video includes basketball play-by-play and TV reporting.

Among the nuggets . . .

  • A common word you should exclude from your play-by-play vocabulary
  • A powerful technique for giving time and score
  • How planning sports talk is like planning vacation
  • Two words to never say consecutively when calling basketball
  • How to make your listener care about your broadcast
  • Suggestions for using b-roll in a package
  • A play-by-play technique that is great late in games, but not early-on
  • How to use energy and inflection to supercharge your words

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Group Critique 35: December 2019

The last Group Critique of 2019 is here! The audio features football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. The video segment includes baseball and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • When it’s acceptable to give the score deficit instead of the numeric score.
  • Advice for doing live reads.
  • When statistics enhance, not hurt, your broadcast.
  • A suggestion for working a clever line into a broadcast.
  • Suggestions for keeping tabs on base-runners.
  • How talking less heightens drama.
  • How to use words to compliment the time and score graphic.

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Group Critique 34: November 2019

The video features two football tracks and the audio features football, basketball and an interview.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • TV:
  • The key time to NOT be talking on each play.
  • The difference between play-by-play on radio and TV boiled down to two simple sentences.
  • Who is right when you disagree with the on-screen graphic about how many yards are needed for a first down.
  • Radio:
  • How to punch up key plays.
  • A common mistake among basketball broadcasters regarding last names.
  • How to reset an interview and why it’s important.

And much more!

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Group Critique 33: October 2019

This month’s critique session features 10 clips, ranging from football and baseball play-by-play to sports talk show hosting. Love the volume and variety this month!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The information that should booked every play in football.
  • A key for being sure you leave your analyst sufficient time to comment.
  • Why it’s important to describe foul balls as accurately as balls put into play, and some good examples of it.
  • The play-by-play voice’s role as a sales person for the broadcast’s advertisers and a strong example of it.
  • Two words a sports talk host should never say.
  • An easy way to find your “best voice.
  • The proper tense for play-by-play broadcasts.
  • How to turn your play-by-play narrative into a story that will keep listeners engaged.
  • How to prevent your favorite words and phrases going from cool to cliche.

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Group Critique 32: September 2019

The audio critique features football, basketball and baseball, while the one video we review this month is soccer.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • What you must do before breaks to avoid sounding hurried after them.
  • What must be included before and after each football play.
  • Why it’s important to vary your energy level.
  • Two pieces of info that should almost always be given together.
  • When to incorporate edginess into your broadcast.
  • A fundamental that is mandatory in TV play-by-play.
  • The times of your telecast when you MUST watch the monitor.

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Group Critique 31: August 2019

This month’s group critique session reviews six clips, including baseball, basketball and an interview.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An important consideration when choosing the start of a demo segment.
  • An especially effective way to phrase an interview question.
  • The thing that must not be ignored when a runner is on base.
  • A two-word phrase that does not belong in your play-by-play.
  • The critical thing you must do on every basketball change of possession.

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