Group Critique 46: November 2020

We have football, gymnastics (an STAA Group Critique first) and TV sports anchoring and reporting. A Thanksgiving feast!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The Football Pattern and why you should be using it.
  • Two common yet critical words that are too often omitted from play-by-play.
  • Examples of how to use your voice to punch bigger plays.
  • How favorite phrases can easily go from cool to cliche.
  • The importance of putting the football in your crosshairs.
  • TV performance tips.

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Group Critique 45: October 2020

We have audio critiques featuring football, baseball and interviewing. The video portion focuses on football play-by-play and TV sports anchoring.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An important area where broadcasters are held to a higher standard.
  • When to sprinkle scores from other games into your broadcast. And when not to.
  • A baseball play-by-play tip you’ve likely never heard but will make a big difference
  • A common interviewing mistake.
  • An important time NOT to talk in a football telecast.

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Group Critique 44: September 2020

Baseball, football, and volleyball PBP on tap for the audio critiques. On the video side we have a sports anchor/reporter reel and football PBP.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Tips for doing mock broadcasts from your TV
  • How to use dead air as your baseball broadcast partner
  • When speaking in phrases will improve your play-by-play
  • How a unique phrase goes from cool to cliche
  • Suggestions for maximizing your voice quality
  • A simple mental image to improve your football play-by-play

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Group Critique 41: June 2020

We hit for the cycle in the audio program — football, basketball, baseball and hockey play-by-play. The video features sports anchoring and reporting, interviewing and baseball play-by-play.

Among the nuggets . . .

  • Subtle examples of using your voice as an instrument
  • A common mistake among basketball broadcasters
  • How over-using first and last names can hurt your broadcast
  • The advantage of sounding conversational versus polished
  • Examples of great script writing
  • Tips on effective structure for questions
  • How to emphasize the subtle but important storylines in your play-by-play

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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 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

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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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