Jon Chelesnik didn’t start STAA; this guy did


This week’s holiday got me thinking about someone for whom I’m grateful for his role with STAA.

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Before STAA, I was in a business partnership. My partner was a smart, enjoyable individual but his skill set didn’t fit the business model. Yet, his share of the profits was equal to mine.
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Top reasons to enter the STAA All-America Program


Applications for the 8th annual STAA All-America program open this week. If you’ve been on the fence about whether you should apply this year, I have 5 reasons why you absolutely should be submitting your demo for the Jim Nantz Award.

top reasons to apply

1. Have your demo seen by the best

The Jim Nantz Award winner and All-Americans are selected by a panel of top sports broadcasters and industry professionals.

Previous judges include Tom Boman, Learfield Sports Broadcast Manager; Mark Boyle, Indiana Pacers; Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons & Georgia Tech University; Chris Ferris, VP-Broadcast Division IMG, Paul Keels, Cincinnati Reds & Ohio State University; Chuck Swirsky, Chicago Bulls; Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans; Bob Licht, New Orleans Hornets; Chuck Barrett, University of Arkansas; and Bill Roth, Virginia Tech University.
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Redesigning the STAA site and logo


Stronger, faster, better — words to describe what elite athletes work towards daily, or the motivation behind the new look STAA is sporting?

Hint: the correct answer is C) Both of the above.

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STAA has grown and evolved since our last redesign. Next year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. We knew it was time refine the branding to better serve our members and readers.
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STAA members achieve the 800 milestone


This week at STAA, our members hit a super cool milestone of which we are very proud. A few days ago we published a story about Seth Harp accepting the PD/Afternoon Drive Host position at Sports Radio 930 in Jacksonville.

It was the 800th story we have published since 2007 about an STAA member getting a sports broadcasting job.

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800 success stories in eight years. It is fitting that No. 800 was Seth. He has been featured in six of those stories.
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The most memorable day in my sportscasting career


Photo by LobShots
Photo by LobShots
When Jeanne Zelasko called me one morning in October 1993, I felt like my big break had finally arrived.

Three months earlier, I had moved back to my hometown of San Diego after three years of entry-level radio in McPherson, KS. For the final two of those three years, I had been trying unsuccessfully to get on board at San Diego’s XTRA Sports 690 – just the second all-sports station in the country at that time.

Finally, I decided if I was going to get a job in San Diego I had to live in San Diego. So I moved west, introduced myself to station PD Howard Freedman, and told him I was interested in future opportunities.
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ODT15 Recap


Another incredible One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar is in the record books.

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Our fourth annual event was rousing day, packed with info advice, and motivation. From the opening session with Pete Weber (Nashville Predators) to the closing talk from Bob Carpenter (Washington Nationals), the room was buzzing.

Below you’ll find notes from each session. No matter where you are in your sports broadcasting career, I guarantee you will find some useful nuggets.
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Please take our 2015 reader survey


At STAA, we are always looking for ways to make content is relevant to your needs and interests. To do that, we need to know more about you. So, we’ve created our 2015 reader survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping us focus on creating content that is even more interesting to you.

Your input is important to us. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. We can’t tell who said what. And you can finish in five minutes or less.

Sure, I’m happy to help. Take me to the survey!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Mark Boyle to speak at 2015 sportscasting seminar


Our digital age is brimming with opportunities to connect with others in the sportscasting industry peers. The savviest, most ambitious broadcasters are using every tool available to build the relationships that will push your career forward. Email, Twitter, Facebook, and the plethora of social media provides you with more access to the sportscasting talent you admire and the employers you want to work for than you’ve ever had before. But you know what’s missing?

Good old fashioned, person-to-person, human interaction.

Broadcasters network at One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar

The scarcity of events where sports broadcasters can gather in one place to network and learn from the industry’s best makes the One Day Ticket (ODT) to Sportscasting Success a unique experience. Our 4th annual event will be back June 8th, 2015 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s awards weekend. You’ll hear from a killer lineup of sportscasting’s best and brightest — including Mark Boyle of the Indiana Pacers.

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STAA unveils new Members Site


Imagine this. It’s a Saturday. You’ve just learned that a play-by-play job with the Pawtucket Red Sox has suddenly opened. Or a sports anchor/reporter job at The Ticket in Dallas needs to be filled immediately. You need to get your application out first thing Monday morning, but you want help with your demo, resume, and cover letter so that you put your best foot forward. Who can you reach on the weekend?

Maybe you aspire to higher goals in your sportscasting career but you don’t know what you need to be doing to improve. How will you learn what you need to climb upward?

STAA’s new Members Site is your solution.

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The wonderful folks I met at the Winter Meetings


A news report today said that 70 million pictures are uploaded to Instagram every day. I’m kicking myself that, after spending 10 hours at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday, not one of the 70 million pictures uploaded that day was from me. However, that was the only negative in an otherwise ultra-memorable day.

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Here are some of the highlights:

Shawn Tiemann
When I first went into business for myself in January 2004, I was building demo and resume packages for sports broadcasters. Shawn was my second client ever and has been a member for most of the time since. He didn’t know me and I didn’t have any kind of track record but he trusted me. I will always be grateful. Finally, after nearly 11 years, I got to thank Shawn in person for the first time.

Bill Harrington
When Bill smiles, you can’t help but also smile. He smiles with his whole face. Happiest smile ever.
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