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:

1. Rest

When you know your broadcasting schedule is going to get especially hectic, be sure to get plenty of rest. I know -- it is such a logical point that it shouldn't need to be said, but it's surprising how many broadcasters take it for granted.

2. Hydration

Sip water throughout your broadcast to keep your throat moist and your voice strong. I do stress sipping, though. It might be awhile before you get a rest room break.

Bonus Tip: Play-by-Play Broadcaster Lee Mowen marks hydration points on a gallon jug for long, multi-game days.

3. Avoid coffee and soda

Caffeine and soda pop can irritate your stomach and your vocal cords so avoid drinking them while on the air. The carbonation in soda won't do you any favors either.

4. Cough drops

Not just any cough drops, though. Fisherman's Friend and Hall's Breezers are most commonly recommended by sportscasters.

5. Earl Grey tea

I saved the best tip for last. Broadcasters with tired or scratchy voices swear by Earl Grey. The magic ingredient is oil extracted from the rind of bergamot oranges. It's WD40 for your vocal cords and it tastes good.

What are your tips for keeping your voice healthy? Please share them below.