Group Critique 24: January 2019

Ringing in the new year with a new round of radio critiques in the basketball and hockey departments.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A common mistake in description that hurts more than it helps.
  • How to increase your energy without sounding over the top.
  • Examples of what basketball broadcasters should do instead of narrating every pass.
  • A unique, effective description to add to your basketball vocabulary

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Group Critique 23: December 2018

Ho ho hope you pick up some useful tips from this month’s group critique session. Radio critiques of basketball and football play-by-play plus a double helping of football TV play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • When using the shot clock becomes a PBP crutch
  • How to tell if you’ve prepared well for your football broadcast
  • When to watch the field and when to watch the monitor

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Group Critique 22: November 2018

Your November critique session includes football, baseball, volleyball and sports talk.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Two techniques for instantly improving your voice quality, regardless of how good it might already be
  • Examples of great description for football broadcasters
  • How thinking of a football field as being sloped will help your broadcast
  • The five letter word to avoid to make your broadcasts more personal
  • The one thing you should do in every sports talk monologue segment

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Group Critique 21: October 2018

It sounds like fall! This month’s radio group features plenty of football play-by-play critiques with a sprinkle of baseball. Meanwhile the TV play-by-play side digs into baseball and basketball.

What you’ll learn in the radio portion:

  • How your favorite words can quickly become cliche
  • Advice for using your voice to underscore drama
  • A habit you should develop for all scoring plays
  • The common three letter word to eliminate from your play-by-play vocabulary.

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Group Critique 20: September 2018

An all-radio edition featuring critiques of baseball play-by-play and sports talk show hosting.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A great habit to develop to be sure you don’t go too long without time and score.
  • Something a solo host can use to bring outside opinions to their show.
  • The one thing you must do within the first 30 seconds of a sports talk segment.
  • An easy technique for giving your sports talk audience something they can’t get anywhere else.

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Group Critique 19: August 2018

The final Group Critique for the summer of 2018 features radio and TV baseball play-by-play, with a solitary football radio clip to get you ready for the upcoming season.

What you’ll learn:

  • Ideas for baseball description beyond game mechanics
  • Why top level employers might think you didn’t prep enough for a football broadcast
  • An example of consistently weaving storylines into baseball PBP
  • Suggestions for coaching up your TV analyst
  • Are you falling into the single-camera webcast trap?

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Group Critique 18: June 2018

This month’s all-radio edition features critiques of baseball, softball, and basketball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Tips for figuring out pitch types
  • How softball PBP is harder than baseball (and how to make description work anyway)
  • An analysis of ideal points to let it breathe after a home run
  • Why you need to vary your tempo during PBP

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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 15: December 2017

The final critique session of the year features a good helping of football play-by-play with a sprinkling of baseball, basketball, and sports talk.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The first info you need to give after a catch in football
  • Where to begin your sports talk demo
  • An example of how to reset the stakes during basketball play-by-play

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