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Sportscasters Anonymous – The Inglorious Return

SA big logoGreetings readers,

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on my life and career. To spare the obnoxiously fine details, I determined that I need to be more thankful for everything that has happened. I have a loving girlfriend that supports me and my career, I work for TWO NCAA Division I schools in the Dayton area, not to mention broadcasting for several pro teams in the region. I also have a very good core of friends and family supporting my drive. I have it pretty good.

So why am I writing this post? Sometime last week, I realize that I don’t help other sportscasters like I used to. Remember “Sportscasters Anonymous”, the series where I wrote about tips for up-and-coming broadcasters (if anyone actually read them, which I highly doubt because I’m not a good resource for anyone to be honest.) I stopped when I realized someone who struggles for employment wasn’t really good enough to give advice. While I’m not saying this will result in the series’ revival, I wanted to issue this post for any sportscasters.

If I can be of any help, fellow broadcasters, feel free to contact me!

Need an extra set of ears? I’ll take a listen or watch a demo! Want me to read a press release? I’ll give it a look-through! Want to shoot the breeze, just to talk sports or career-wise? I’m always available to talk!

I realized that while I always try to network, I also need to help out in my career field more. I want others to know that I care and that I’m indeed a friend.

While this post was short, I felt it didn’t need to be a long, windy post to say that I’m here. Let’s talk soon.

Until next time,

-Lee

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Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Twelve

Greetings readers, welcome back to Sportscasters Anonymous.

Today’s topic: watching/listening to other sportscasts.

I know I’ve probably touched on this issue many times, but it’s always going to be an important topic in this field. You’ll never be perfect and you’ll always have room to grow.

What’s one simple way of doing this? Record your broadcasts and listen to them. With this technique, you hear yourself (and hopefully get used to your voice) and can find the errors. I don’t mean just errors on saying names or saying something correctly, but how many times their were gaps, how the flow went, and the like.

Studying up before a game usually helps iron out the hiccups, but the way to get a flow is to record or watch a game and mute all of the sounds, then have a dry run at the broadcast to pick up the flow of the game.

There’s always a way to fix your mistakes. Making mistakes are what makes us human; how you fix them makes you an excellent sportscaster.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Eleven

Greetings readers,

It’s been a long time since my last Sportscasters Anonymous article. In fact, Volume Ten was published on October 27th, 2010. Things have changed since then, with the most important thing being retired from my Sports Director job at WWSU. While I might not be in charge of sportscasters anymore, I still feel I can offer something to the interested reader. After all, I know of a sportscaster that helped me once. Okay, I know of many that helped me out many times, but you got my point.

Today’s SA talks about statistics. Stats, if you will.

While broadcasting is not just “I have a stats sheet, I’m reading off numbers”, it is a crucial part. Who’s the leading scorer, what’s the score, who’s got the goals, etc… It’s important to be thankful for a stat crew, if you are lucky to have one. Granted, there’s some levels of sports that don’t do statistics and you actually have to record them yourself (GASP! Not work in this field!)

At my new internship with the Dayton Air Strikers, I assist the statistician on who did what. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but I make it similar to a basic broadcast. Instead of names, I use the numbers instead. Instead of describing the action, I call the basic plays.

Why am I talking about this? If you help with stats, you have a better feel for the game. I know that doing even one game makes me feel more confident in taking the microphone for the next broadcast.

If you can get any experience doing this, the better you’ll become. If you don’t do it for the team, do it for the broadcasters. If not them, do it for yourself. While having software would be nice, there are scorebooks for basketball and baseball for the observer to record.

The more experience, the better.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Ten

Greetings readers. Ten of these already? Holy cow! Also, this is my 50th post and the first SA in a while. Today’s topic is about learning.

From a quote I saw on Twitter, treat everyone as if they were a teacher.

Earlier in the week, when I was pulled out of class because of a tornado warning, I ran into the Public Announcer for Wright State. He also teaches a class in the Business Department. We began talking about the upcoming Wright State basketball season, on how excited we were with the new players and the mix of veterans. Then, we began talking about the history of the Miami Valley. The conversation trickled over to my hometown in Preble County. He told me that there were thirteen high schools at the time (there’s only 5 today and as far as I know back in the 1990’s as well) and they would play their district championship games in Richmond, Indiana because there wasn’t a gym in Preble County big enough to hold that type of game. We then continued on how those schools would become consolidated.

My point is to always strike up a conversation with the people you work with and learn about what they say. Talk to anyone who has been in the business for quite some time and has seen things change. It’s a good history lesson. Who knows, it could be good for your broadcasting game.

On that note, just a heads up that I am extremely busy this week and might not publish a new blog for awhile. I have a huge project that needs to be done that also determines if I graduate or not this quarter. I also have internship training on Saturday and a game on Sunday. There’s no rest for the sportscaster. However, there might be a new series I begin writing on this blog. It’ll be a surprise.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Nine

Hello readers, it’s been a while. Today’s topic: confidence.

You can know the sport you are calling inside and out, but what about on air? It’s something about microphones that makes even the strongest person crumble on the air. Why is that? Is it the fear of people rejecting what you have to say?

For you radio broadcasters, they can’t see if you’re wrong or right unless they are at the game. Television is one where people can see the mistakes. Don’t worry about the mistakes though, shrug them off and correct them. Then move on.

You shouldn’t feel scared getting on the air. You are getting the chance to broadcast information live to the people and these people can sense fear. You cannot show fear, but that’s easier said then done. Don’t be nervous.

I kind of wrote this blog for someone I know that fell out of broadcasting, although they had all the right stuff to go far. So, out of the goodness in my heart, I’m trying to get them back to the sportscasting world.

Listen, you can’t be scared about entering the booth. The only thing people are really going to harp about is the FCC guidelines and not knowing your basics on the sport. People understand mistakes are made, we’re only humans ourselves.

Practice in the mirror. Call all the action when you’re watching TV. Brush up on your knowledge on the sport. Make sure you get pronunciations  when you can. Ask questions if you don’t know.

Most importantly, don’t be nervous. Just call the game, and you’ll be gold.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Eight

Hello again readers. Today’s topic, spreading excitement.

Sports are exciting. Big plays are exciting. Big defensive stops are exciting too. Let’s face it, both teams on the playing field are capable of making a lot of good plays.

As a broadcaster, it’s your job to bring the action fairly. If an exciting play happens, call it. If the other teams does something exciting, call it. You can’t just call plays that benefit your team. That makes you sound like a homer!

I remember listening to a game where the broadcasters did put in some words for the other team but just seemed uninterested unless their team did something right. Folks, you can’t do that. You must be equal on the air.

I know that it’s not an easy task, but always do your best to be equal in everything, including how much energy you give when you broadcast. You never know who’s listening.

Until next time, readers.

-Lee

Sportscasters Anonymous – Volume Seven

Greetings readers! Today’s topic: giving advice.

Today is a special day for me. I am training a few sportscasters today about the basics for our college radio station at Wright State. To be honest, I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I have four years experience in this field and I have met some great people in the Athletic Department and our station. I made some good friends throughout the way.

I have also put a lot of games in my pocket. Nearly 200 games called, I have learned so much about the flows of the game and so much more.

So how do I spread all of my information to them without overwhelming them? That’s why I’m typing this up today.

You can’t share too much in one day. You’ll lose your trainees that way. Instead, spread it out over time and share a little bit as you go.

What do you start with though? Chances are most have little-to-no experience when they first walk in. Make it as simple as you can to spread the knowledge.

Whatever knowledge you can share is good. Just don’t spread too much or you might scare them away.

Thanks for reading, and I’m still working on the rivalry article. It will be out soon.

-Lee