What To Do If Your Play-by-Play Demo Is Old

A sportscaster said, “I’ve applied for a couple of hockey play-by-play jobs. I worked for a team six years ago but it was my first job. I’ve grown a ton as a broadcaster and that hockey is representative of what I would do now.

“What should I do?”

There are two solutions for replacing old demo material.
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Wondering “Am I Good Enough?” Here’s What To Do

Am I good enough?

I get that question all the time. It’s a common human insecurity.

Oprah Winfrey says when she finished recording episodes of her TV show, her guests would almost always ask, “How did I do?” It didn’t matter if the guest was a housewife from Sheboygan or a huge Hollywood star, they always wanted to know, “How did I do? Was I good enough?”
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5 Tips When Working With A Quiet Analyst

A friend of mine was doing high school play-by-play in a small Midwest market. He couldn’t be choosy about his analyst so he ended up with somebody who had never done it. Several plays went by without the analyst saying anything. Finally, after the fifth play, the analyst piped up and said, “The red team plays good defense.”

What do you do if you’re working with an analyst who isn’t talking much?

The best thing to do is find a new analyst! In a small market with no budget, though, that might be easier said that done. Besides, having someone who talks little is sometimes better than having nobody at all.
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How To Get Paid Voiceover Work

You work in sports broadcasting so you probably voice a lot of commercials for free. It’s part of your job.

How do you get paid voiceover work?

It’s not as easy as you might think.
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3 Reasons You’re Not a Top Sportscaster

There’s a music documentary that answers a question many sportscasters have:

Why have I not made it to the top?

20 Feet from Stardom is a highly acclaimed documentary about backup singers in the music industry. Even though they are often as talented as the people for whom they’re singing, they stay in the background, always 20 feet from the spotlight.
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Top Tips For Interviewing Coaches After a Loss

Imagine this scene: You’re watching television. Somebody has just won a championship — a Super Bowl, a National Title, the Final Four or something similar. There’s confetti falling. A sportscaster stands atop a podium interviewing the winning players and coaches. People are kissing the championship trophy. Pandemonium. Then they go to commercial, come back from break, and there’s some poor sap standing outside a locker room getting ready to interview the losing coach.

What do you do if that poor sap is you?
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Two Things To Understand BEFORE Signing Your New Contract

Maybe the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life was when I served as an expert witness in a lawsuit filed by a sports broadcaster. He was suing a huge corporate employer over a non-compete clause in his contract.

On one side of the table were the plaintiff’s attorney and I. Opposite us were three exceptionally well-dressed, intimidating looking corporate attorneys. At the head of the table sat the arbitrator.

I was sweating bullets.
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What To Ask Before You Accept That Sportscasting Job Offer…

A sportscaster I know quit three jobs within fourteen months of graduating college. Each of the jobs was a highly coveted position that received dozens of applicants. None of the three, though, moved him appreciably closer to his goal of television play-by-play.

Our friend has all the ability in the world. What he lacks is intent.
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