What is your web presence telling employers about you?

A highly accomplished broadcaster applied for one a major college play-by-play job. However, when he applied by emailing resume and audio attachments, it made the impression that he doesn’t possess the technology skills necessary for the position.

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Sports broadcasting jobs today are much more than simply being on the air. They are about creating online videos, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, blogging, live streaming and web editing. A person who can’t upload their demo and resume to DropBox likely can’t handle the multimedia duties required by most of today’s play-by-play jobs.

It’s okay to not know how to perform these tasks. It’s not okay to refuse to learn. Not if you want to continue your career.
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Is doing PBP for ESPN3 a path to broadcasting PBP for ESPN?

A sportscaster had the opportunity to call a handful of basketball games on ESPN3. He is hopeful it will lead to a chance to broadcast games regularly for ESPN.

Do ESPN3 games lead to opportunities with ESPN? Maybe. This topic has been explored in the STAA forums, with great insight provided by someone who has helped produce many E3 productions.

Your chances for moving up to ESPN partly depend on who hired you to do ESPN3 games.
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6 tips for maintaining a happy sportscasting home

You are a basketball play-by-play broadcaster. You’re married and you have at least one child who would love nothing more than for you to be at home to play with tonight. The team for which you are broadcasting is playing on the road in a post-season tournament. Lose and you go home. Win, and you are spending another night in a Holiday Inn.

Your team won. What do you hear in your child’s voice when you tell him you aren’t coming home for at least another day?

Sports broadcasting can be an incredible and fulfilling career. Like anything, though, there are challenges. Days, or even weeks, away from family are difficult. Feeling like your spouse might think you aren’t pulling your weight around the house, or with the kids, can strain a marriage.

What are you doing to cope?
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Applying for a small market radio job? Don’t be ASATT

Did your mom ever tell you that you can’t have dessert if you don’t eat your vegetables? My wife and I tell it to our son all the time. You can’t eat just the steak and garlic bread – you also have to eat the peas.

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It’s the same way when applying for jobs. You can’t pretend the stuff you don’t like in the position description doesn’t exist.
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10 things that are awesome about being a sports broadcaster

We spend a lot of time on this blog offering suggestions about how to make frustrating situations better. If I were an alien from outer space scrolling through for the first time, I might think that sports broadcasting isn’t such a great profession.

But it IS a great profession.
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Life forcing you to move? How to find work in your new home

A sportscaster I know is stressing. His wife is the primary breadwinner in the family. She has accepted a position that is forcing their family to move to another state. His anxiety stems from having no sportscasting work lined up for himself in their new city.

Another broadcaster friend of mine moved back to his hometown to help his aging parents.

finding work when you move cities

What do you do when you are forced to leave full-time or freelance sports broadcasting gigs for life in a community where nothing awaits you professionally?
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Don’t lose it: 6 tips for taking care of your voice

As a broadcaster, there are bound to be many times in your career where your voice feels weak or tired. Maybe you are doing play-by-play for multiple games each day at a tournament, you're hosting a three or four hour talk show, or you are anchoring a sportscast when you are feeling under the weather.

taking care of your voice

Here are six top tips for taking care of your voice:
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Two tricks for handling sportscaster burnout

When is the last time you felt burned out in your career?

sportscaster burnout

A friend sent this message to me. “I’m a one-man band at my station — sports anchoring and reporting. I’m wearing myself out ensuring that I have plenty of local content each night. What can I do?”

I had two suggestions for him, one practical and the other mental.
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5 tips for your sportscasting growth plan

There’s no such thing as maintaining. Not in your personal life, your fitness or your sports broadcasting career.

If you aren’t progressing, you’re going backward.

These 5 tips will ensure you are moving forward in your sportscasting career:
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How to sell yourself in your cover letter

Recently, I reviewed the cover letter of someone who was applying for a radio sports update anchor/reporter position. He wrote that he is a hard-working team player, that he hosts a weekly sports talk show, and that he does sports updates and reporting for his local station.

He blew it in multiple ways.
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