Conversational Sports Talk: 4 Tips for Sounding Natural On Air

Recently, I listed to the first demo tape I ever made. I was a sophomore at the Princeton of the Plains, Kansas State University. The cassette (yep – cassette) included mostly sportscasts and live reports from K-State football games for various radio stations around the conference.

As I listened, I blushed with embarrassment. I was bad. The sportscasts sounded scripted and rehearsed because . . . well, they were scripted and rehearsed. Yikes.
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Setting yourself apart from other white male TV talent

I am proud of the advances the TV broadcasting industry has made in diversity hiring. There are countless more opportunities today for women, African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians. That is a great thing.

Interestingly, the diversification of our industry has prompted a challenge that didn’t used to exist.

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A white male TV sportscaster I know is looking for an agent. He is supremely talented, yet the agents keep telling him the same thing, “I’ve already got five guys just like you.” He asked me how he can set himself apart from other white male sports anchor/reporters.

This is not the first time I’ve heard such a conundrum.
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17 tips for rocking your Jim Nantz Award reel

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.

Jim Nantz Award

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.
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Writing a great sports update

Marc Kestecher, ESPN radio host and anchor, on the importance of great writing for constructing a sports update script, versus the importance of being able to edit yourself.