STAA Sports Talk Pyramid

The STAA Sports Talk Pyramid will help lay a strong foundation for your sports talk show. You can also use the pyramid as a self-critique guide.


Video: Keys To Network-Caliber Sports Talk Show Hosting

This presentation of the STAA Sports Talk Pyramid features audio examples of techniques and strategies to turn your show into a ratings and revenue generating machine.

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Supercharge the Entertainment Value of Your Sports Talk Show

Giving your listeners something they can’t hear anywhere else is the key to your success. Discover how to entertain your sports talk audience.

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Instantly Increase Your Sports Talk Ratings

Learn how to increase your TSL – Time Spent Listening – the critical yet largely neglected ratings component.

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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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Interview: Joe Hunk, Sports Radio 740

This month’s interview features Joe Hunk, Program Director/Host at Sports Radio 740 in Montgomery, AL. We cover a lot of ground as Hunk shares his radio philosophy and why it doesn’t include hot takes, the checklist he made for a potential spouse, and the two things a Program Director wants.


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