Inspiration to Fuel Sportscasting Career Success

When STAA hosted our annual One-Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminars, I would hear from attendees who would leave fired up and optimistic about their careers. They would hang on to that inspiration for several days, but their excitement and enthusiasm would eventually wane. That’s because – you’ve heard me say this time and again – motivation is like bathing: you have to seek it every day because it wears off.

Here are some ways to seek daily motivation and inspiration.
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Ways to Stay Sane While Waiting for the Games to Resume

My late twenties was a frustrating time in my sports broadcasting career. I wasn’t getting the opportunities I felt I deserved, and it started to affect me mentally.

One Friday night my dad and I went to a high school football game. I hadn’t shaved for a day or two, and I did not look great. Dad didn’t mention my unkempt appearance, and he even took me out to dinner after the game. (Looking back on it, I appreciate my dad’s patience during that time.)

I wish I would have known some coping mechanisms to get me through that season of frustration.
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The Journalism Masters Myth

Sportscasters experiencing frustration in the job market may wonder if a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school could get them closer to a network-level play-by-play opportunity.

There are two benefits of getting a Masters degree from a broadcast journalism school.
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How to Get Your Next Sports Broadcasting Job by Being Different

An aspiring sportscaster living in Los Angeles saw an opening for a sports talk radio producer in South Carolina. He badly wanted the job in order to get his foot in the industry. Instead of mailing or emailing his resumé to the employer, he hopped on a plane and hand-delivered it. They were so impressed with his gumption that he got the job.

That aspiring sportscaster was Jonas Knox, who ended up being a sports talk host with Fox Sports Radio Network.
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Screaming The Big Plays? Here’s How to Fix It

When I was the play-by-play voice for the old Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League, I had a conversation with my dad. He said, “Jon, I listened to your broadcast last night.”

I prepared myself for a bunch of compliments and superlatives.

Instead, Pop blindsided me.

He said, “You scream on your touchdown calls.”
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Uncharted Territory: Sportscasters And The Impact of Coronavirus

With the cancellation or postponement of games, sportscasters nationwide are being challenged economically and emotionally for the foreseeable future because they’re losing opportunities to do what they love in covering sports.

As we all begin to grapple with the impact of COVID-19 in our lives, we invited members of the sports broadcasting community to share stories, feelings, frustrations, and strategies for staying positive.

The result was an encouraging 2-hour conversation with sportscasters from around the country. In this post we’re sharing some of the key takeaways, plus the audio and video replay of the community chat.
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How To Improve Your On-Camera Performance

My senior year at the Princeton of the Plains, Kansas State University, I took a storytelling class from a wonderful women named Charlotte McFarland. The purpose was to develop spontaneity and on camera performance.

The local cable TV station filmed our class doing our final storytelling performances of the semester. When I watched my segment air one week later, my first thought was, “You sure are a handsome guy Jon.” My second thought was, “Love the pink paisley shirt.” My third thought was, “Dude, you have no camera presence. You look nervous, you look scared, you look reserved and you’re mumbling.” So, I went about trying to fix those things.

I don’t know that I’ve improved much, but here are some top tips for improving your on camera performance.
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Sportscasting Career Advice: Always Arrive Early

When I was in my first job in McPherson, KS, I did football play-by-play for a small NAIA school, Bethany College. One October afternoon, the Swedes had a game up the road in Salina at Kansas Wesleyan. As was my habit, I arrived at the stadium two hours early. I liked taking my time to set-up my broadcast location, review my notes, record my pre-game coaches interview, then relax before going on the air. Today, though, was different.

When I plugged in my phone jack (yes – we broadcast using telephone land lines back in the day), I heard the last thing a broadcaster ever wants to hear in that situation.
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