Ready to quit on your sportscasting goals?


A sportscaster friend of mine recently shared his grand plan with me to launch a podcast.

He couldn’t have been more fired up. He was going to build a program that would draw tens of thousands of listeners each week, earn thousands of dollars of advertising and catapult him to a sports talk radio career. His enthusiasm was contagious. He had me really believing he was going to do it.

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One month later, he quit. Only a handful of people had checked out his podcast. None of them listened for more than a few minutes and he wasn’t able to sell any advertising.

You can’t give birth to an adult. Whatever your sportscasting career goals, they aren’t going to happen overnight.
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Is ego holding you back?


A sportscaster friend of mine shared with me something that has turned around his career: honest self-evaluation.

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More than reading books. More than attending seminars. More than studying other sportscasters, honest self-evaluation has done more than anything to impact this guy’s career.
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How you can cultivate career inspiration


Each June, dozens of sports broadcasters leave STAA’s annual One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar brimming over with enthusiasm about their careers. Everything they ever wanted to achieve seems possible. Unfortunately, for many attendees, the enthusiasm dissipates over time until eventually it is gone.

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Here’s the key: Inspiration is like bathing. You need to do it every day in order for it to have an impact.
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17 tips for rocking your 2017 Jim Nantz Award reel


If you plan on applying for the 2017 Jim Nantz Award and STAA All-America program honoring the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscasters, start thinking now about what’s going to make you stand out.

Jim Nantz Award

Every year, the same errors in broadcasting fundamentals cause many applicants to not rank as high as they might have hoped. The broadcasts you do this Fall and Winter will help you win the award in the Spring.
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3 steps to surviving a solo football broadcast


The first time I had to broadcast a football game by myself was 1989, McPherson (KS) High School versus Ark City. For a reason I don’t remember, my regular analyst was unavailable that night. What I do remember is what I felt.

Sheer. Terror.

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At that point, my football play-by-play experience was limited to a handful of games. Carrying a two-hour broadcast by myself seemed impossible. I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. As it turns out, the things I learned that night carried me though the rest of my football play-by-play career.
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How to burn bridges with employers


Most job applicants feel qualified for the jobs for which they apply. Nearly as many are confident they will get it. On the occasions when they don’t, applicants might feel emotions ranging from disappointment and frustration to downright disbelief. How can this employer be so short sighted as to not see my greatness?

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Those emotions are fine. They’re understandable. I have felt some of them myself in the job market. Keep them to yourself.

Expressing your disappointment to the employer who doesn’t hire you burns bridges.
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3-point plan for nailing the job interview


A sports broadcaster interviewed for a play-by-play job at a university earlier this year. The process included meetings with the athletic director, assistant AD, marketing staff and coaches of the various sports the person would be covering.

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This individual was nailing the interviews – making a great impression in each of them. He was feeling good about his chances for getting the job when he was told there was one more coach to meet. He was warned, “this one is going to be tough to impress.”
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7 tips for broadcasting a new sport


I will be broadcasting lacrosse for the first time next week. I’ve never broadcasted lacrosse before. Any advice?

I got the nod for some Division I field hockey play-by-play and I’m coming up on my first game soon. Any advice?

broadcasting new sport like lacrosse

These are the kinds of questions I receive often from play-by-play broadcasters who are getting ready to call a particular sport for the first time. It is wise say yes to the work because it might open new doors, but if you’ve never broadcast the sport before, how to you go about sounding your best?
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4 tips for healing your confidence after losing a job


The most discouraging phone call of my career was in July 2003. I took that call while sitting at the desk in my home office in Carlsbad, CA. After four years of hosting Weekend AllNight on ESPN Radio, I was being replaced. I felt shock, disbelief, anger, despair, betrayal, bewilderment and a loss of confidence. Maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be replacing me, right?

I was 36. I sobbed.

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After several days I was able to sort through most of my emotions. The one that remained, though, was my lack of confidence. I wondered if maybe I had been fooling management for the past four years. Maybe they never listened to the show. After all, it aired in the middle of the night on weekends. Maybe when they finally listened, they realized it sucked. Or maybe the person who hired me thought of weekend overnights as a throwaway shift. When new management came in, I reasoned, they put new emphasis on the time slot and thought I wasn’t good enough.
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