Group Critique 5: Fall 2015

We’ve got another all-radio critique session for the fall quarter. Pour yourself a glass of Kool-Aid and listen in while Jon reviews baseball, hockey, sports talk, and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How long to “let it breathe”
  • The importance of using inflection in your delivery
  • How to add more punch to a sports talk segment
  • The one description you should never use in basketball PBP
  • An example of outstanding broadcast vocabulary

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Live Chat [Replay]: Keys to NFL-Caliber Football Play-by-Play

Learn the keys to NFL-caliber football play-by-play. If you want to advance your football play-by-play career from high schools to college, from small college to major college, or from major college to the NFL, this live chat will provide you the game plan for how to do it. You’ll also hear samples demonstrating how to best execute a variety of techniques.

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Group Critique 4: Summer 2015

It’s an all-radio critique session this quarter! Jon reviews baseball, basketball, sports talk, and football.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to find a balance between tracking on-field action and adding superlative info
  • How to get pristine audio quality for your demos
  • Why you need to vary your energy level
  • A professional way to call out bad officiating
  • Why you need to be consistent in identifying pitch type and location
  • A great example of making sports talk relatable

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Interview: Mel Proctor, Former MLB Baseball TV Broadcaster

Mel Proctor is the former TV voice of the Orioles, Padres, Nationals and Washington Bullets, among other teams. He is also the author of I Love the Work But I Hate the Business. In this interview Mel shares how he balanced family and a career on the road, why a sense of humor is crucial to a sportscasting career, how to handle executives who don’t know broadcasting, and more.

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Group Critique 3: Spring 2015

In the radio section Jon covers basketball, baseball and sports talk. In the TV section Jon reviews soccer play-by-play, an on-camera open, and a sports package.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The importance of varying your vocabulary
  • The number one critique on play-by-play demos
  • Being specific in basketball about which team has possession
  • Why you need to should be avoiding getting deep into Xs and Os in sports talk
  • The dangers of overusing favorite phrases

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Road to BCS: Bill Roth

Virginia Tech play-by-play voice Bill Roth shares his thoughts on prepping hard versus prepping smart, and discusses the best routes to a major college play-by-play gig.

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Road to the Pros: Bob Carpenter

Veteran Major League Baseball TV broadcaster Bob Carpenter of the Washington Nationals discusses the best road to an NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL broadcast booth and how you can maximize your longevity in the ultra-competitive sports broadcasting industry.

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