How do you handle the national anthem?


Not long ago, a minor league baseball broadcaster started working for a new team. For as long as anyone could remember, the team had traditionally broadcast the pre-game national anthem. The new broadcaster’s practice, though, had always been to break for commercials during the anthem.

The station left the decision up to him. He asked my advice. Here is what I replied…
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Challenge helps sportscaster cope with part-time work


Paul Bulkley once had a full-time sports broadcasting career. He’s called play-by-play for Weber State University, Dixie State College and Salt Lake Community College. He’s also been a sports director and talk show host. Today, he is a full-time high school teacher who occasionally does play-by-play on the side. Sometimes he laments that he’s no longer on the air full-time, but a new outlook is helping him to be grateful for what he has instead of regretting what he doesn’t.

In December, I issued a challenge for sportscasters to express gratitude for their careers for 90 straight days.
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6 tips for maintaining a happy sportscasting home


You are a basketball play-by-play broadcaster. You’re married and you have at least one child who would love nothing more than for you to be at home to play with tonight. The team for which you are broadcasting is playing on the road in a post-season tournament. Lose and you go home. Win, and you are spending another night in a Holiday Inn.

Your team won. What do you hear in your child’s voice when you tell him you aren’t coming home for at least another day?

Sports broadcasting can be an incredible and fulfilling career. Like anything, though, there are challenges. Days, or even weeks, away from family are difficult. Feeling like your spouse might think you aren’t pulling your weight around the house, or with the kids, can strain a marriage.

What are you doing to cope?
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Life forcing you to move? How to find work in your new home


A sportscaster I know is stressing. His wife is the primary breadwinner in the family. She has accepted a position that is forcing their family to move to another state. His anxiety stems from having no sportscasting work lined up for himself in their new city.

Another broadcaster friend of mine moved back to his hometown to help his aging parents.

finding work when you move cities

What do you do when you are forced to leave full-time or freelance sports broadcasting gigs for life in a community where nothing awaits you professionally?
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Don’t lose it: 5 tips for taking care of your voice


As a broadcaster, there are bound to be many times in your career where your voice feels weak or tired. Maybe you are doing play-by-play for multiple games each day at a tournament, you're hosting a three or four hour talk show, or you are anchoring a sportscast when you are feeling under the weather.

taking care of your voice

Here are four top tips for taking care of your voice:
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Two tricks for handling sportscaster burnout


When is the last time you felt burned out in your career?

sportscaster burnout

A friend sent this message to me. “I’m a one-man band at my station — sports anchoring and reporting. I’m wearing myself out ensuring that I have plenty of local content each night. What can I do?”

I had two suggestions for him, one practical and the other mental.
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How to sell yourself in your cover letter


Recently, I reviewed the cover letter of someone who was applying for a radio sports update anchor/reporter position. He wrote that he is a hard working team player, that he hosts a weekly sports talk show, and that he does sports updates and reporting for his local station.

He blew it in multiple ways.
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