Two Tips For Great TV Football Play-by-Play

Ray Scott and Pat Summerall are among the greatest TV football broadcasters of all-time.

They were masters at talking less.

That’s the first of three keys to great football play-by-play, and for broadcasting any sport on TV:
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How To Master Your Voice As An Instrument

Vin Scully could have made as much money reading bedtime stories as doing play-by-play. If you’ve never heard the former Dodger great, go online and listen. Note how beautifully he used his voice as an instrument.

It’s the single most difficult aspect of sports broadcasting to master.

These three tips will help you master your voice as an instrument.
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14 Must-Have Items For Your Play-by-Play Kit

In the old days, doctors made house calls. They brought with them a black kit filled with the essentials for the job — things like stethoscopes, syringes and bandages.

Play-by play broadcasters should also take a kit to work every day.

Here are 14 tools that should be in your play-by-play kit . . .
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Three Tips For Fresh Broadcasts Through A Long Season

It’s the middle of your play-by-play season and you’re feeling the grind to find new things to say about your team and the players on it.

What do you do?

A baseball broadcaster told me, “I find myself struggling to mix things up on an everyday basis. I feel like I’ve already said everything there is to say about a player or team. There’s always talking to the players before each game, but it becomes a struggle to talk to every single player and memorize all that information for the broadcast.”
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6 Ways To Elevate Your Coaches Shows

In my first radio job in McPherson, Kansas, I hosted Bulldog Sports Weekly, a weekly coaches show featuring the head football coach of McPherson College. We did it from Wendy’s on North Main Street in McPherson. The highlight, besides the fact that I loved the coach Dan Thiessen, was free hamburgers, fries and Frosties.

The challenge was having enough content to last for the hour.

These six tips will help you prepare a better coaches shows.
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Advice For Landing A DI Play-by-Play Job

If you were starving and needing to catch a fish, would you fish in a lake that has more than 200 fish, or would you fish in a lake with just one fish?

Unfortunately, trying to land a Division I football/basketball play-by-play job is like fishing in a lake with one fish and hundreds of people trying to catch it. One company, Learfield IMG College, manages most of the schools.

You must accept that looking for a DI play-by-play job is a process that is largely out of your control.
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9 Unusual Tips For Baseball Play-by-Play Broadcasters

Pitchers at the University of Florida used to swim as a regular part of their training. It’s well documented how Tom House, the old pitching guru, used to have his pitchers throw footballs to improve their throwing motion.

Baseball has long been a sport that is conducive to unusual training methods. The same goes for baseball broadcasters.

Here are nine uncommon tips for baseball play-by-play broadcasters.
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What To Do If Your Play-by-Play Demo Is Old

A sportscaster said, “I’ve applied for a couple of hockey play-by-play jobs. I worked for a team six years ago but it was my first job. I’ve grown a ton as a broadcaster and that hockey is representative of what I would do now.

“What should I do?”

There are two solutions for replacing old demo material.
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