New York City FC play-by-play broadcaster Tom Kolker on the importance of developing chemistry with your analyst.
Jayhawks voice Brian Hanni shares the keys to great play-by-play.
Play-by-play broadcasters all have access to information about fundamentals – time and score, ball location, etc. What sets apart great broadcasters is discovering and implementing advice that isn’t available to the masses. A great way to do that is to ask industry pros to critique your work.
Many sportscasters have shared with me critiques they have received from some of the top play-by-play broadcasters in the industry. Today, I want to share them with you.
Here are 5 tips to take your play-by-play from good to great:
You need a good vocabulary in PBP, but can it be too good? Jayhawks voice Brian Hanni with a word of caution.
Brian Hanni, Voice of the Jayhawks, on how you can develop your personal style and let your personality shine through your PBP.
Tom Kolker, Play-by-Play Announcer for New York City FC, shares suggestions for pinpointing the ball on the soccer pitch.
If you plan on applying for the 2017 Jim Nantz Award and STAA All-America program honoring the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscasters, start thinking now about what’s going to make you stand out.
Every year, the same errors in broadcasting fundamentals cause many applicants to not rank as high as they might have hoped. The broadcasts you do this Fall and Winter will help you win the award in the Spring.
The first time I had to broadcast a football game by myself was 1989, McPherson (KS) High School versus Ark City. For a reason I don’t remember, my regular analyst was unavailable that night. What I do remember is what I felt.
At that point, my football play-by-play experience was limited to a handful of games. Carrying a two-hour broadcast by myself seemed impossible. I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. As it turns out, the things I learned that night carried me though the rest of my football play-by-play career.
I will be broadcasting lacrosse for the first time next week. I’ve never broadcasted lacrosse before. Any advice?
I got the nod for some Division I field hockey play-by-play and I’m coming up on my first game soon. Any advice?
These are the kinds of questions I receive often from play-by-play broadcasters who are getting ready to call a particular sport for the first time. It is wise say yes to the work because it might open new doors, but if you’ve never broadcast the sport before, how to you go about sounding your best?
Early in my play-by-play career I was reviewing one of my recent basketball broadcasts. What I heard made me cringe. Every time the ball was passed, I said “over to.” “Jones, over to Smith, back to Jones, over to Cameron.”
I knew I had to find a way to make my play-by-play non-repetitive. I needed to find new ways to describe plays – to vary my vocabulary.