A great example of why you should always broadcast your best


Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of always doing your best, even when you think no one is listening.

Joe DiMaggio always played hard because he never knew when someone might be watching him for the first time. Orlando TV sports anchor Christian Bruey got his job when the station’s news director saw Bruey hosting a show on a community access cable TV station.
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STAA members showcased on network radio, TV


Last weekend was one of my more memorable sports TV weekends.

staa members on air

Friday night, I DVR’d Fox Sports West’s telecast of the Mission Viejo High School – San Clemente football game. I spent eight years in Mission Viejo and still enjoy following their powerhouse football program. Anyway, I turn on the game and STAA member Sam Farber is doing the play-by-play. Eventually, he tossed it to sideline reporter Courtney Sweet, another STAA member!
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Why you should always say “yes!” to opportunity


If someone gave you a lottery ticket, would you scratch it or throw it away?

You likely would scratch it. There’s nothing to lose and it might turn out to be a winner.

Here’s a funny thing, though. The same people who would play a free lottery ticket sometimes turn down sportscasting career lotto tickets. Here’s an example.
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Don’t let haters prompt you to change your broadcasting style


A college football broadcaster was in his second season with a new university. Message board trolls were complaining that he wasn’t enough of a homer on his broadcasts.

“The guy I replaced was not good with the fundamentals of play-by-play,” he said. “He was a big time homer who could complain about the officials and act like the game was a funeral if the team was losing. You could go 20 minutes without knowing the time and score, or even which teams were playing.”

School officials were pleased with the new broadcaster. Still he wondered, “Do I keep doing my thing and hope people get used to it, or should I be more clear than I root, root, root for the home team?”
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4 tips to instantly improve your football play-by-play


One of the first football games I ever broadcast on radio was McPherson High School hosting Hays H.S. This will sound crazy, I know, but I remember my headphones making me feel claustrophobic. I felt like the players, fans and band members were all part of the electric atmosphere and I was separated inside a tin can.

To escape the tin can, I moved one side of the headphones behind my ear. The benefit was immediate and more than I expected. Keep reading.
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Thinking about giving up your sportscasting dream?


Recently, someone came to me seeking encouragement to not give up his sports broadcasting dream. He’s five years out of college, doing high school play-by-play on a small AM/FM combo in the Midwest. He thought for sure he’d be broadcasting college sports by now. His parents and his new bride are suggesting he consider a career where he can earn more money.

This is the advice I gave him . . .
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You’re always on – act accordingly


Many years ago, we published a story in the STAA website headlines about a sportscaster getting busted for drugs. That afternoon, someone with a Major League Baseball team correctly pointed out that STAA had traditionally celebrated sportscasters’ successes. He thought publication of news about a sportscaster’s hardship was misplaced.

I agreed.

Since then, we’ve avoided dozens of stories, ranging from drug and alcohol abuse, to domestic violence and embezzlement.
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