I figured I would write a regular column to help my fellow sportscasters and give to the career field. I know when I was helped by Mike Radomski, it felt good to get some advice. That’s what I would like to do.
I’m currently the WWSU Sports Director at Wright State University, and I am in charge of a lot of sportscasters. Some want to get into the field while others are doing it for fun. Hopefully they will read these, as well as others looking to get into the field.
Today I’ll start off with three pointers that any sportscaster should follow.
NUMBER ONE: Get a LinkedIn account. If you don’t know what exactly this is, it’s a social networking site designed for career networking. This is how I met some broadcasters and how I got some of the advice. There will be people out there, wanting to help you if you ask. However, there are some snags in LinkedIn, such as the fact that all features are not free. Seeing or messaging some people will require you to chip in a little bit of dough. Another complaint I will bring up is the anonymous downloading of your resume (if you post it up with Box.net.) I wish it would have told me who exactly downloaded the file. With those two complaints, a LinkedIn account is free and it is worth it.
NUMBER TWO: Pick up the book “The Art of Sportscasting” by Tom Hedrick. Pick it up at a bookstore, find it on Amazon (like I did), whatever you need to do to pick this book up. The author has had jobs with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Jayhawks of Kansas, and many other teams. There are a lot of experts giving tips on how to broadcast radio, television, and Olympic games. Also in the book are how women and minorities got into the field and politics in the office. It is a great read for those who are looking to get into the field.
NUMBER THREE: Talk to people in the field. It doesn’t matter if it is in the sports broadcasting field or not. Make some contacts for networking. If it’s in the same field, that’s a good thing. If you can talk to people in athletic departments (high school or college), in broadcasting fields, that is good too. Make contacts, wherever you go and stick with them.
Well folks, that ends Volume One of a feature I hope you enjoyed. I hope to continue doing this on a weekly basis. Thanks for reading!