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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.


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.


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


Group Critique 42: July 2020

This month’s Group Critique features football, basketball and baseball play-by-play.

The audio episode features a focus on how to use your voice as an instrument. It is the number one technique that separates good play-by-play broadcasters from great ones, yet the most difficult to master.

You’ll also hear . . .

  • A common football habit that indicates lack of preparation
  • An example of the line between partiality to your team and homerism
  • An editing technique to make calling a game from TV sound more plausibly live
  • Examples of showing personality in a TV broadcast


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


Group Critique 39: April 2020

We have audio and video this month featuring basketball, baseball and hockey play-by-play.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Key info to include with time and score
  • Why fair and foul balls should be treated equally
  • Great examples of character development in a hockey broadcast
  • Why you give time and score immediately after a made basket
  • Two tips for maximizing the resonance of your voice
  • How to use your personality to set your broadcasts apart
  • How to vary your pacing
  • How to underscore key moments in a basketball game
  • Advice for setting up your analyst for success


Group Critique 37: February 2020

The audio features basketball, football and softball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to help a nasally voice and bring out your bass
  • A common mistake that will cause you to fall behind in your play-by-play call
  • When to ignore the shot clock and when referring to it becomes mandatory
  • How to add texture to your delivery and why it’s important
  • How to find your third gear for play-by-play
  • A common phrase used in radio that should not be used on TV
  • Examples of why it’s important to keep your comments brief
  • Advice for when you are broadcasting without an analyst


Group Critique 35: December 2019

The last Group Critique of 2019 is here! The audio features football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. The video segment includes baseball and basketball.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • When it’s acceptable to give the score deficit instead of the numeric score.
  • Advice for doing live reads.
  • When statistics enhance, not hurt, your broadcast.
  • A suggestion for working a clever line into a broadcast.
  • Suggestions for keeping tabs on base-runners.
  • How talking less heightens drama.
  • How to use words to compliment the time and score graphic.


Group Critique 34: November 2019

The video features two football tracks and the audio features football, basketball and an interview.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • TV:
  • The key time to NOT be talking on each play.
  • The difference between play-by-play on radio and TV boiled down to two simple sentences.
  • Who is right when you disagree with the on-screen graphic about how many yards are needed for a first down.
  • Radio:
  • How to punch up key plays.
  • A common mistake among basketball broadcasters regarding last names.
  • How to reset an interview and why it’s important.

And much more!


Group Critique 32: September 2019

The audio critique features football, basketball and baseball, while the one video we review this month is soccer.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • What you must do before breaks to avoid sounding hurried after them.
  • What must be included before and after each football play.
  • Why it’s important to vary your energy level.
  • Two pieces of info that should almost always be given together.
  • When to incorporate edginess into your broadcast.
  • A fundamental that is mandatory in TV play-by-play.
  • The times of your telecast when you MUST watch the monitor.