4 ways to make 2018 the best year of your career


Sportscasters love making New Year’s resolutions as much as the next person. Clean slate. Better things. Brighter future. It all sounds awesome.

Here’s the catch: a resolution without a plan is only a dream.

Make a plan.

Here are four things you can do in 2018 to take a big step forward in your sports broadcasting career.
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4 less common ways to prep for your next play-by-play broadcast


A play-by-play broadcaster is wondering if he is doing all he can to prepare for his play-by-play broadcasts.

“What I would be really interested in knowing is different routines that guys use to prep for a game,” he says. “I’m always looking for ways to be better prepared but it’s hard to know what I’m not doing until I know I’m not doing it.”

Ahhh. If all of us only knew what we don’t know about all of life’s mysteries.
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A great example of why you should always broadcast your best


Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of always doing your best, even when you think no one is listening.

Joe DiMaggio always played hard because he never knew when someone might be watching him for the first time. Orlando TV sports anchor Christian Bruey got his job when the station’s news director saw Bruey hosting a show on a community access cable TV station.
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Why you should always say “yes!” to opportunity


If someone gave you a lottery ticket, would you scratch it or throw it away?

You likely would scratch it. There’s nothing to lose and it might turn out to be a winner.

Here’s a funny thing, though. The same people who would play a free lottery ticket sometimes turn down sportscasting career lotto tickets. Here’s an example.
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Thinking about giving up your sportscasting dream?


Recently, someone came to me seeking encouragement to not give up his sports broadcasting dream. He’s five years out of college, doing high school play-by-play on a small AM/FM combo in the Midwest. He thought for sure he’d be broadcasting college sports by now. His parents and his new bride are suggesting he consider a career where he can earn more money.

This is the advice I gave him . . .
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You’re always on – act accordingly


Many years ago, we published a story in the STAA website headlines about a sportscaster getting busted for drugs. That afternoon, someone with a Major League Baseball team correctly pointed out that STAA had traditionally celebrated sportscasters’ successes. He thought publication of news about a sportscaster’s hardship was misplaced.

I agreed.

Since then, we’ve avoided dozens of stories, ranging from drug and alcohol abuse, to domestic violence and embezzlement.
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