The most memorable day in my sportscasting career

Photo by LobShots
Photo by LobShots
When Jeanne Zelasko called me one morning in October 1993, I felt like my big break had finally arrived.

Three months earlier, I had moved back to my hometown of San Diego after three years of entry-level radio in McPherson, KS. For the final two of those three years, I had been trying unsuccessfully to get on board at San Diego’s XTRA Sports 690 – just the second all-sports station in the country at that time.

Finally, I decided if I was going to get a job in San Diego I had to live in San Diego. So I moved west, introduced myself to station PD Howard Freedman, and told him I was interested in future opportunities.
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ODT15 Recap

Another incredible One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar is in the record books.

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Our fourth annual event was rousing day, packed with info advice, and motivation. From the opening session with Pete Weber (Nashville Predators) to the closing talk from Bob Carpenter (Washington Nationals), the room was buzzing.

Below you’ll find notes from each session. No matter where you are in your sports broadcasting career, I guarantee you will find some useful nuggets.
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Please take our 2015 reader survey

At STAA, we are always looking for ways to make content is relevant to your needs and interests. To do that, we need to know more about you. So, we’ve created our 2015 reader survey.

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Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping us focus on creating content that is even more interesting to you.

Your input is important to us. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. We can’t tell who said what. And you can finish in five minutes or less.

Sure, I’m happy to help. Take me to the survey!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Mark Boyle to speak at 2015 sportscasting seminar

Our digital age is brimming with opportunities to connect with others in the sportscasting industry peers. The savviest, most ambitious broadcasters are using every tool available to build the relationships that will push your career forward. Email, Twitter, Facebook, and the plethora of social media provides you with more access to the sportscasting talent you admire and the employers you want to work for than you’ve ever had before. But you know what’s missing?

Good old fashioned, person-to-person, human interaction.

Broadcasters network at One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar

The scarcity of events where sports broadcasters can gather in one place to network and learn from the industry’s best makes the One Day Ticket (ODT) to Sportscasting Success a unique experience. Our 4th annual event will be back June 8th, 2015 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s awards weekend. You’ll hear from a killer lineup of sportscasting’s best and brightest — including Mark Boyle of the Indiana Pacers.

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STAA unveils new Members Site

Imagine this. It’s a Saturday. You’ve just learned that a play-by-play job with the Pawtucket Red Sox has suddenly opened. Or a sports anchor/reporter job at The Ticket in Dallas needs to be filled immediately. You need to get your application out first thing Monday morning, but you want help with your demo, resume, and cover letter so that you put your best foot forward. Who can you reach on the weekend?

Maybe you aspire to higher goals in your sportscasting career but you don’t know what you need to be doing to improve. How will you learn what you need to climb upward?

STAA’s new Members Site is your solution.

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The wonderful folks I met at the Winter Meetings

A news report today said that 70 million pictures are uploaded to Instagram every day. I’m kicking myself that, after spending 10 hours at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday, not one of the 70 million pictures uploaded that day was from me. However, that was the only negative in an otherwise ultra-memorable day.

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Here are some of the highlights:

Shawn Tiemann
When I first went into business for myself in January 2004, I was building demo and resume packages for sports broadcasters. Shawn was my second client ever and has been a member for most of the time since. He didn’t know me and I didn’t have any kind of track record but he trusted me. I will always be grateful. Finally, after nearly 11 years, I got to thank Shawn in person for the first time.

Bill Harrington
When Bill smiles, you can’t help but also smile. He smiles with his whole face. Happiest smile ever.
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Three things we’re grateful for

Is it a bit on the nose to devote this week’s blog post to a few things the STAA team is thankful for? Probably, but we’ll keep it quick.

Photo credit: rustiqueart via photopin cc
Photo credit: rustiqueart via photopin cc

1. Our Members
We love having a front-row seat to watch your sportscasting careers progress. Our passion is for helping people, every victory for you is a win for us. We’re grateful for your support and the opportunity to work with you!

2. An STAA University Secret
There is a major development for STAA University, about which an announcement is forthcoming. I wish I could share all the details right now, but alas, it must remain Top Secret for now. Suffice it to say we’re so excited about it, we couldn’t resist teasing you a little!

3. Family
Whether your family is the one that you were born into, the ones you chose, or a mix of both, people are what matters most in life. At STAA, we’re grateful that each of us have awesome, supportive people in our lives. We hope you have the same.

What are you grateful for this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Be a better sportscaster with the updated STAA University

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We’ve made some changes to STAA University to make it even better.

One-click participation

We’re not using Google Hangouts anymore. There were too many steps to get a class participant into the event.

Now we’re using a video conference set-up where all you have to do is click a link that I send to you in order to participate. No plug-ins, no downloads, no special accounts.

Nothing else, except a webcam and microphone.
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How I started working at STAA

This is the only known photo of me at NSSA weekend.
This is the only known photo of me at NSSA weekend.
Last week I had the pleasure of matching faces to the names of STAA clients I’ve corresponded with for years. Because my communication with clients is overwhelmingly conducted via email, it’s particularly fun for me to connect with you in person. Several of you asked me a question that I’m rarely posed: how did you start working for STAA?

Most people don’t know this, but once upon a time, I thought I might want to be a sports broadcaster. I was an intern and producer for the international radio show Inside Soccer, while also a student at Palomar College in San Diego. After encouragement from a couple of PC friends, I signed up for the new sports broadcasting class taught by Jon Chelesnik.
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ODT14, an experience for everyone

Chelesnik and Bob Costas at ODT12
Chelesnik and Bob Costas at ODT12

Think back to one of those times you were at a really special sporting event. Maybe it was watching an underdog football team pull through to win a high school championship. Or maybe it was the first time you attended a playoff game with your home town team on the field. You know that electric atmosphere? The way the crowd around you fairly crackled with excitement and energy? If the result was to your liking, you probably left feeling energized and alive. That’s what it’s like to attend the One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Seminar — even for me, and I’m not even a sportscaster.

The ODT seminar experience is so unique and valuable, we wanted to give more sportscasters the opportunity to participate. In previous years, ODT registration was limited to STAA clients only. However, this year we are opening up registration to include all sports broadcasters, whether you’re one of our clients or not.

If you read some of the reactions from previous ODT attendees on Twitter, you’ll get the broadcasters perspective on what it’s like to be in the room. If you decide to take the plunge and join us in June, I can tell you that you’ll leave with the info you need to keep improving your career, and the motivation to get cracking.

I hope that we’ll see you in Salisbury!