Thanksgiving Day 2003 was when I learned the difference between co-hosting a sports talk show and doing it solo. After co-hosting several shows on the old XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego, I was thrown on the air alone.
I had used everything I had prepared for a particular segment yet there were still several minutes left before break.
Now what? I was terrified.
You might find this fact about cover letters to be stunning:
Not all employers read them.
That’s right. Many sports broadcasting employers rely exclusively upon demos and resumes to decide whom to invite to interview.
When you were in high school, was there ever someone you wanted to ask on a date? You might have waited for weeks for the opportunity to get their attention. When the moment finally arrived you were thrilled, nervous and anxious. This was your moment, your one shot.
Many play-by-play broadcasters who are doing Webcasts get frustrated when they go to the online archive of their broadcast only to find they can’t download the video. They wonder, “how can I put this broadcast on my demo?”
The answer is easy. Not necessarily inexpensive, but worth it.
Many play-by-play announcers broadcast their games on video Webstreams. If there’s only a single camera, some broadcasters will lean towards doing a radio call. Because there’s a picture, others will use more of a TV style.
Do you then use that game on your radio demo or your TV demo?
In the last three years, I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up play-by-play for three brand new sports (volleyball, soccer and distance running – a half-marathon). I used different approaches for all three.
Many TV play-by-play broadcasters will eventually apply for work at ESPN. Hundreds, maybe thousands, do every year.
What are you going to do to set yourself apart from so many competitors? Here are some suggestions from the people who work there.
Wal-Mart, Apple and Amazon are big brands with great reputations.
You, too, are a brand.
What’s your reputation?
Did you know that embracing failure can help you grow your broadcasting career?
Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean.
Recently, I recorded a Facebook Live video. I was super-excited. I had some great content to share. The camera was set up nicely. The lighting was good. Everything was perfect.
So I thought.