SCP 04: Road to the Pros: Brian Sieman

brian siemanIn this episode of SCP, Clippers broadcaster Brian Sieman evaluates getting to The League via the NBA D-League, WNBA, colleges and studio host roles. He also shares his thoughts on the play-by-play traits that distinguish NBA broadcasters.

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Treat coaches as individuals

University of Virginia voice, Dave Koehn, says the best way to handle coach-broadcaster relationships is to be yourself and get to know every coach as an individual.

Making the listener part of the game

Wes Durham, radio voice of the Atlanta Falcons, reminds sportscasters to be more descriptive and locate the action for the listeners – don’t fall into the trap of using television description on a radio broadcast!

There’s no substitute for live reps

Chicago Bulls voice, Chuck Swirsky, considers the best path to landing an NBA job. Swirsky recommends calling as many live games as possible, with whatever resources you have available.

Be an extension of your team

Wes Durham shares his best advice for developing coach relationships: be an extension of what the team and coach are striving to represent, without being a homer. Durham is the Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech University.

Be passionate and prepared

Thorough preparation, plus a passion and gratitude for the opportunity to broadcast are two of Dave Koehn’s keys to great play-by-play. Koehn is the voice of the University of Virginia.

Paint the picture, be concise

When Tom Boman is hiring a new broadcaster for Learfield Sports, he looks for young sportscasters who can paint a picture of the field in a concise manner.