We thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your sportscasting needs. Every last one of these resources has come recommended to us, or has been produced by STAA. In fact, most of the descriptions written below are unsolicited testimonials from sportscasters who have used the products and services.

We’ll add to the list as we learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future we will refer to this page quite often. We recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the companies below pay STAA to be included on this page. Understand, though, that we have experience with all of these companies, or they have been recommended to us by colleagues. We suggest them to you because they are helpful and useful. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

 

BOOKS

CAREER ADVICE

  • STAA TV: Gain insight on how to build your own sportscasting career with these interviews featuring industry professionals.

  • Download Tips From Experts: Little things make a big difference. You will be stronger on the air and in the sportscasting job market with these mp3 audio downloads from big name talent and employers.

EQUIPMENT

    Headsets

  • Senheiser HMD-26: The industry standard for headsets is Sennheisers. If you watch any NFL on TV, most of them are still using HMD-25s, which are not made any more. The HMD-26 is the new version. It is pricey (~$450) but they sound great.

  • Audio-Technica BPHS1: This broadcast stereo headset is especially recommended. Pro quality for a great price. If you’re looking for value, you won’t find another headset that’s as good in terms of quality for that price. I’ve also seen them pop up here and there on higher-level broadcasts.

    Mikes

    Mixers

    Recorders

  • TASCAM DR-05: Battery life is excellent, and at $100 it’s worth the money.

  • ZOOM H1: Easy to download audio for editing. Connects to your computer via USB cable.

INTERNET STREAMING HOSTS

  • Audio Sports Online: Especially popular among sportscasters doing high school and small college play-by-play on the Internet. It isn’t free, but the audio quality and customer service are outstanding.

  • MixLR: A very popular free online streaming service in some junior hockey leagues without annoying ads in mid-broadcast. On the flip side, you only get so many free hours of it and then you either have to erase files or buy premium.

  • Live Steam: Again, great for play-by-play. Its free with no ads and 30-day event archive. Or you can pay just $49 per month for unlimited event archive.

  • UStream:Great for Internet play-by-play. They provide HD streaming video, to all devices. It’s free if you don’t mind the occasional ad popping up in your broadcast. Otherwise, plans with no ads start at $99 per month. Shoot, that’s only $25 per game if you are doing high school football every Friday night.

  • Spreaker: If you want to polish your sports talk show hosting skills but aren’t currently on the air, Spreaker is a great alternative. They’ll help you create and host your podcast.

  • 1,000 Mikes: From any phone or web browser live to the Internet.

PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCASTING

  • Take The Next Step: Football Play-by-Play: If a major college football or NFL job is part of your sportscasting career plan, our free three-part audio series will help!

  • Spot Charts & Stat Sheets: Deliver a more organized, higher quality broadcast these various spotting charts, stat sheets, and the famous STAA Play-by-Play Pyramid.

PODCASTING HOSTS

  • LibSyn: It’s inexpensive and they don’t charge for bandwidth. They charge only for storage and it costs as little as $5 per month. It will also submit your podcast to iTunes.

  • Soundcloud: A great free storage option but doesn’t have a lot of features.

SCHOOLS

  • STAA University: Learn basic and advanced sports broadcasting techniques in a live, interactive virtual classroom. Take a single class, or ask us about our entire semester curriculum. It is less expensive, and far better, than broadcasting schools and mentoring programs.

SEMINARS

  • One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success Seminar: Each spring, The One Day Ticket (ODT) to Sportscasting Success seminar features some of the biggest name talent and employers in sports broadcasting. It is annually the industry’s premier networking and learning event.

  • STAA Seminar Downloads: Immediately improve your sportscasting with advice from some of sports broadcasting’s biggest names. These downloads feature full audio from four of the most popular events from STAA’s sportscasting seminar series.

SPORTS TALK SHOWS

  • Free Downloads: Develop content that your listeners can’t get anywhere else with the Topic Tree and the STAA Sports Talk Pyramid.

  • Prep Links: Instantly improve the content of your show with these websites that are used by the industry’s most successful hosts.