The Best Path To An NHL Play-by-Play Job

hockey fans watching at the rink

A hockey play-by-play broadcaster asks, “What’s the best path to the NHL?”

If you ask 10 NHL broadcasters how they got there, you will get 10 different answers.

The critical question to ask yourself is: do I want to do radio or television?
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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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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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Wondering “Am I Good Enough?” Here’s What To Do

Am I good enough?

I get that question all the time. It’s a common human insecurity.

Oprah Winfrey says when she finished recording episodes of her TV show, her guests would almost always ask, “How did I do?” It didn’t matter if the guest was a housewife from Sheboygan or a huge Hollywood star, they always wanted to know, “How did I do? Was I good enough?”
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How To Get Paid Voiceover Work

You work in sports broadcasting so you probably voice a lot of commercials for free. It’s part of your job.

How do you get paid voiceover work?

It’s not as easy as you might think.
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3 Reasons You’re Not a Top Sportscaster

There’s a music documentary that answers a question many sportscasters have:

Why have I not made it to the top?

20 Feet from Stardom is a highly acclaimed documentary about backup singers in the music industry. Even though they are often as talented as the people for whom they’re singing, they stay in the background, always 20 feet from the spotlight.
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Top Tips For Interviewing Coaches After a Loss

Imagine this scene: You’re watching television. Somebody has just won a championship — a Super Bowl, a National Title, the Final Four or something similar. There’s confetti falling. A sportscaster stands atop a podium interviewing the winning players and coaches. People are kissing the championship trophy. Pandemonium. Then they go to commercial, come back from break, and there’s some poor sap standing outside a locker room getting ready to interview the losing coach.

What do you do if that poor sap is you?
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Two Things To Understand BEFORE Signing Your New Contract

Maybe the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life was when I served as an expert witness in a lawsuit filed by a sports broadcaster. He was suing a huge corporate employer over a non-compete clause in his contract.

On one side of the table were the plaintiff’s attorney and I. Opposite us were three exceptionally well-dressed, intimidating looking corporate attorneys. At the head of the table sat the arbitrator.

I was sweating bullets.
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