This is a guest post by STAA member Eric Little, a veteran play-by-play voice in West Virginia. You can follow him on Twitter here.
In the last three years, I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up play-by-play for three brand new sports (volleyball, soccer and distance running – a half-marathon). I used different approaches for all three. Read More
A college football broadcaster was in his second season with a new university. Message board trolls were complaining that he wasn’t enough of a homer on his broadcasts.
“The guy I replaced was not good with the fundamentals of play-by-play,” he said. “He was a big time homer who could complain about the officials and act like the game was a funeral if the team was losing. You could go 20 minutes without knowing the time and score, or even which teams were playing.”
School officials were pleased with the new broadcaster. Still he wondered, “Do I keep doing my thing and hope people get used to it, or should I be more clear than I root, root, root for the home team?” Read More
One of the first football games I ever broadcast on radio was McPherson High School hosting Hays H.S. This will sound crazy, I know, but I remember my headphones making me feel claustrophobic. I felt like the players, fans and band members were all part of the electric atmosphere and I was separated inside a tin can.
To escape the tin can, I moved one side of the headphones behind my ear. The benefit was immediate and more than I expected. Keep reading. Read More
This is a guest post by STAA member Marty Bannister. He is a Play-By-Play Broadcaster based in Dublin, OH. You can follow him on Twitter here.
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) Read More