What ESPN’s layoffs mean for sportscasters


ESPN’s announcement last week of major layoffs prompted an email to me from the parent of a student sportscaster. She wrote, “I always thought that now is a good time to go into sports broadcasting/journalism as there are so many different channels on TV and social media. Should I be concerned that ESPN laid off 100 employees today?

The answer: no.
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This was my pre on-air routine. What’s yours?


Last weekend, I heard Jay Z’s song Izzo (H to the Izz-o, V to the Izz-A). Immediately, a flood of memories came rushing to mind. When I was the host of ESPN Radio’s weekend overnights, Izzo was one of several songs my producer would play for me in the final 15 minutes before air.

Just as it is for athletes, music was part of our show’s pregame routine. (Jason McBride was our producer; Brian Fitzgerald our board-op. LOVED working with those guys). The songs simultaneously relaxed me and fired me up. Jason wouldn’t start playing them until all of our show prep was complete.
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What is your web presence telling employers about you?


A highly accomplished broadcaster applied for one of the major college play-by-play jobs that opened in the past year. However, when he applied by emailing resume and audio attachments, it sent the clear indication that he doesn’t possesses the technological skills necessary for the position.

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Sports broadcasting jobs today are much more than simply being on the air. They are about creating online videos, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, blogging, live streaming and web editing. A person who can’t upload their demo and resume to DropBox likely can’t handle the multimedia duties required by most of today’s play-by-play jobs.

It’s okay to not know how to perform these tasks. It’s not okay to refuse to learn. Not if you want to continue your career.
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Challenge helps sportscaster cope with part-time work


Paul Bulkley once had a full-time sports broadcasting career. He’s called play-by-play for Weber State University, Dixie State College and Salt Lake Community College. He’s also been a sports director and talk show host. Today, he is a full-time high school teacher who occasionally does play-by-play on the side. Sometimes he laments that he’s no longer on the air full-time, but a new outlook is helping him to be grateful for what he has instead of regretting what he doesn’t.

In December, I issued a challenge for sportscasters to express gratitude for their careers for 90 straight days.
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Is national title game broadcast prep different than normal?


About this time a year ago, I was wondering if I would get the chance to ever to call another game, much less a national title game.

When my situation in Columbus, Ohio, changed, I went searching for work, and was fortunate enough to land a freelance job calling Division II Ashland University men’s and women’s basketball. It was not the “glamour” gig that I had calling Ohio State games, but it was a good way to stay alive and kicking in the business. (Maybe another blog sometime)
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Is doing PBP for ESPN3 a path to broadcasting PBP for ESPN?


A sportscaster had the opportunity to call a handful of games this basketball season on ESPN3. He is hopeful it will lead to a chance to broadcast games regularly for ESPN.

Do ESPN3 games lead to opportunities with ESPN? Maybe. This topic was recently explored in the STAA forums, with great insight provided by someone who has helped produce many E3 productions.

Your chances for moving up to ESPN partly depend on who hired you to do ESPN3 games.
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6 tips for maintaining a happy sportscasting home


You are a basketball play-by-play broadcaster. You’re married and you have at least one child who would love nothing more than for you to be at home to play with tonight. The team for which you are broadcasting is playing on the road in a post-season tournament. Lose and you go home. Win, and you are spending another night in a Holiday Inn.

Your team won. What do you hear in your child’s voice when you tell him you aren’t coming home for at least another day?

Sports broadcasting can be an incredible and fulfilling career. Like anything, though, there are challenges. Days, or even weeks, away from family are difficult. Feeling like your spouse might think you aren’t pulling your weight around the house, or with the kids, can strain a marriage.

What are you doing to cope?
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Sharp Dressed Demo: How To Highlight Your Work Online


It happens to all of us. You click on a link or video and get a “Not Found” or “Deleted” error message. Bummer.

As the keeper of Talent Pages and personal websites in the STAA Talent Search, I see this all the time. Sportscasters relying on external websites, only to discover their content has been moved or worse, is no longer available.

When your income depends on access to your demo and multimedia samples, don’t allow another business to control how and when it is available.
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Applying for a small market radio job? Don’t be ASATT.


Did your Mom ever tell you that you can’t have dessert if you don’t eat your vegetables? My wife and I tell it to our son all the time. You can’t eat just the steak and garlic bread – you also have to eat the peas.

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It’s the same way when applying for jobs. You can’t pretend the stuff you don’t like in the position description doesn’t exist.
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