What are you doing NOW to get a football TV gig this fall?

Early last August, a football play-by-play guy asked how he should go about trying to get a job calling games in the coming season for one of the regional TV networks.

He had already made one big mistake. He waited too long.

Follow these steps if you want a shot at a football play-by-play gig on a regional TV network this fall . . .
Read More

5 traits of great sportscasting bosses

When I was working sports radio in San Diego, I asked my program director for more hours. He replied, “We certainly like to reward the people who do the best job for us and who are hard working.”

Okay. Great. Am I one of those people?

Ask a parent to rank their kids and they never do it. It’s easy, though, to rank bosses we’ve liked and didn’t like.
Read More

Embrace failure to grow your sportscasting career

Did you know that embracing failure can help you grow your broadcasting career?

Here’s a story to illustrate what I mean.

Recently, I recorded a Facebook Live video. I was super-excited. I had some great content to share. The camera was set up nicely. The lighting was good. Everything was perfect.

So I thought.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More