How To Eat Your Way To Sportscasting Success

In 1997 I was the play-by-play voice for the Arena Football League’s Anaheim Piranhas. It was that summer in Des Moines, IA when I enjoyed the most legendary pregame meal of my career. The team and I were served an entrée of spaghetti and meat sauce. After 45 minutes all the players and all but one coach had finished and left the banquet room.

I was still eating. The remaining coach looked at my skinny frame and said with wonder, “You eat more than the players.”

Did you know that eating certain foods before going on the air can help or hurt your broadcast?
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Help! 3 strategies for When You Can’t See the Jersey Numbers

Years ago, I broadcast a high school football game in the worst conditions imaginable for a broadcaster.

Dense, impossible to see through fog.

At kickoff, the fog was hanging threateningly low over the field. By the second half, I couldn’t see fans sitting five rows in front of the press box, much less the field or even the sidelines.
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3 Tips for Play-by-Play Broadcast Prep on Short Notice

When the Washington State University baseball team traveled to San Diego years ago, a family obligation prevented their broadcaster from making the trip. Two days before the series opener, I was asked to fill-in.

I was torn. A chance to do DI baseball was exhilarating. On the flip side, I worried about my ability to do my best with so little time to prepare.

Here are three tips for preparing for a play-by-play broadcast on short notice.
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Why are DII Play-by-Play Jobs So Hard to Find?

Have you ever lost your car keys? You know they are somewhere in the house, yet you can’t find them.

Finding NCAA Division II play-by-play jobs can be similarly frustrating.

Aspiring NFL and major college play-by-play broadcasters often see DII as a step towards their goal. Finding those jobs, though, is hard.
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The Career Investment EVERY Sportscaster Can Afford

Time is one of the most important investments you can make in your life as a sport broadcaster. Dedicating time to developing your on air abilities, maximizing job market strategy, and expanding your non broadcasting skills pays off. It keeps you moving forward.

Are you investing time in your career? The following email is one of my favorites I have received from a sportscaster on this topic:
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How To Overcome Job Market Frustration

A sportscaster emailed me to explain he was getting out of the industry.

“I’m only 30 but I feel 50,” he wrote. “It was fun to dream but sometimes you have to wake up and do something you might not like to stay relevant in the world.”

I reviewed this guy’s work history, his efforts in the job market, and the way he was presenting himself to employers. After, I came to a poignant conclusion:

He gave up before he sincerely tried.
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When Moving to a Smaller Market Makes Sense

The sports director at a radio station that covered one of the premier college football programs in the country was torn. He loved the people he worked with and covering the team. The tradeoff was the job didn’t give him as many play-by-play opportunities as he wanted.

He wondered if it was justifiable to move down in market size.
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5 Rules for Choosing Sports Talk (or Podcast) Topics

When I was hosting sports talk radio in San Diego, I sometimes struggled to choose topics for my show. This was especially true in mid-summer when the Padres were bad and the Chargers season hadn’t yet started.

What do you talk about?

Fortunately, there are 5 rules you can use to prep the topics your audience wants to you hear you discuss.
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Conversational Sports Talk: 4 Tips for Sounding Natural On Air

Recently, I listed to the first demo tape I ever made. I was a sophomore at the Princeton of the Plains, Kansas State University. The cassette (yep – cassette) included mostly sportscasts and live reports from K-State football games for various radio stations around the conference.

As I listened, I blushed with embarrassment. I was bad. The sportscasts sounded scripted and rehearsed because . . . well, they were scripted and rehearsed. Yikes.
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