Group Critique 30: July 2019

We have audio and video this month. The audio features basketball, baseball and softball. The video includes football and, for the first time ever, auto racing!

Among the things you’ll learn . . .

  • When it’s okay to use players’ first and last names in basketball . . . and when it should be avoided.
  • The piece of information that is even more important to give consistently than time and score.
  • A quick and easy way to immediately elevate the energy in your broadcasts.
  • How to make listeners who don’t care about either team still care about your broadcast.
  • The definition of a great home run call.
  • When to share stories during your baseball broadcasts.
  • When to leave the previous play and turn your attention to the next one.
  • The recurring instance in a football broadcast when you should say nothing.
  • How to borrow from other sportscasters without being obvious.

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Group Critique 28: May 2019

This month we are featuring radio critiques of basketball, baseball and an interview. The TV critique features basketball play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A simple exercise to help you immediately find your big play voice
  • What it means for a play-by-play voice to get out of the library and onto the roller coaster
  • Two words to eliminate from your play-by-play vocabulary
  • An example of a strong interview question technique
  • Something you can get away with radio but not on TV
  • Good example of word economy in TV Play-by-Play

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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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Keys to Elite Baseball Play-by-Play

You’ll be reminded about the key fundamentals to great baseball broadcasting, and learn advanced techniques for setting yourself apart in one of the most competitive genres of sports broadcasting. You’ll also hear samples demonstrating how to best execute these techniques.

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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 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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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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