SCP 15: How to prep for a basketball tournament – with Jay Sanderson


jay sandersonA challenging circumstance that most basketball play-by-play broadcasters will face at one time or another is having to broadcast many games over the course of a two or three day tournament.

Last year, Montana State University Voice Jay Sanderson did 13 games in four days at the Big Sky Conference tournament.

In this podcast, Jay shares advice for how to be your best come tournament time.

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SCP 14: Cold contacting to land a college PBP job


mike monacoAfter graduating from Notre Dame this spring, Mike Monaco, set about cold contacting local schools with hopes of turning up a college basketball job. The strategy paid off in securing Monaco the opportunity to call Western Michigan University men’s and women’s basketball on ESPN3.

In this STAA podcast, Monaco shares his strategy and tips for cold contacting local universities.

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SCP 13: How to build relationships that advance your career


Hoffman-CraigCraig Hoffman has been putting himself out there and building industry relationships since he was in college. Thanks to one of those networking contacts, Craig is joining the Washington Redskins flagship station, ESPN 980, as their Redskins beat reporter.

In this STAA podcast, Craig shares valuable insight and strategies for building the relationships that can advance your career.

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SCP 12: Get a baseball broadcasting job


wayne-randazzo Wayne Randazzo began his career in minor league baseball play-by-play as a No. 1 broadcaster in Mobile just one year out of college. Today, he is the New York Mets new Pre & Post Game Host and Fill-In Play-by-Play Broadcaster.

Landing your first major league job in the largest market in the country is an impressive achievement that Wayne earned through a series of unique career choices.

In this STAA podcast, Wayne shares valuable insight to building a career to the majors.

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SCP 11: The fast track to a Major League Baseball job


how-to-get-a-major-league-play-by-play-jobFour years ago, Jared Sandler was preparing to graduate from the University of Southern California. Today, he is the pre and post-game host and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.

There is nothing proprietary or exclusive in the way Jared accelerated from campus to the Majors. What it is is a smart combination of many different things — things that you can do.

In this STAA podcast episode, Jared shares fabulous insight into how he made it to the Majors in less time than it takes many sportscasters to finish college.

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SCP 10: How to cold contact sportscasting employers


I am a long-time supporter of the cold contact method for finding a sports broadcasting job. Cold contacting is a more efficient plan to get a job versus only applying for published openings. In fact, my belief in cold contacting is so strong, I wrote a book about it.

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You don’t have to simply take my word on the effectiveness of cold contacting. Justin Antweil landed his current play-by-play job at Bucknell University by putting together a cold contact plan and following through with his strategy. In this podcast episode Justin shares his strategy and how it lead to Bucknell.

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SCP 08: Overcoming the emotional challenges of your sportscasting career


Recently, I asked STAA clients what they wanted me to blog about. The No.1 reply was regarding the emotional challenges of the sportscasting job market — wondering if you’re good enough to achieve your goals.

We’ve all been there at one time or another.

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Instead of writing my own thoughts on the topic, I wanted to bring other voices into the conversation. I interviewed a program director and a play-by-play broadcaster — Aaron Matthews from Ohio and Don Wadewitz from Wisconsin. In the interview, they candidly discuss their own frustrations — both with the job market and the career.

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