Have you ever wondered what goes into the unique vocabulary that sports broadcasters use? Depending on the sport that is being covered, several oddball terms will be thrown out during the course of a broadcast that takes multiple hours. It takes distinct knowledge of the sport at hand to fully appreciate and understand the value of these terms. Yet, as prospective broadcasters, we can also recognize the special value these terms have to our profession.
Throughout his illustrious playing career, Charles Barkley accomplished almost everything imaginable in the NBA. As the bearer of 11 All-Star selections, the 1993 Most Valuable Player award and a spot on Team USA’s Dream Team in the ’92 Olympics, Barkley knows a thing or two about making an impact wherever he goes. After his playing days were through, Charles joined TNT as a studio analyst on their marquee program, Inside the NBA. Fourteen years later, he has developed into the most polarizing figure in sports broadcasting. Read More
Great example of a person who has completed a journey to the job of his dreams.
After a hiatus I am proud to say we are back with another great interview, this time with Andy Masur of the San Diego Padres. You can follow him on twitter:
@PadsCast or on his own blog Masur’s Musings here: http://www.andy-masur.blogspot.com/.
How long have you been in broadcasting?
I have been in professional broadcasting since 1990, doing various things in the industry. Started out as a top 40 DJ, in Peoria, IL. I worked the overnight shift from 12midnight-5:30am. Moved up to night jock, then got out of top 40. Went home to Chicago and did traffic reports for several different stations in the market. From there I went on to work for the then One On One sports network, doing updates and hosting a weekend show. I then became aware of a job opening at WGN radio and I was fortunate to…
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If you ask me, one of the most important and overlooked parts of being a sports broadcaster is having the ability to not take yourself too seriously. After all, the odds are not every game you do will be ultra-competitive. In these situations, you want to give the viewer/listener something they can still enjoy consuming as entertainment within reason. In the New England area, there are no better examples of this than the tag-team of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy. You can say what you want about them in terms of how they express their baseball views, but these guys really know how to have fun.
I really admire the penchant these two have for just letting their guards down and allowing their true personalities to come out on the air. It makes them that much more identifiable to viewers/listeners and helps these people feel a real connection to Don and Jerry, almost as if they know them personally. Since Don and Jerry broadcast nearly every Red Sox game on NESN from April through September, this is very important to them, as viewers and listeners feel inclined to keep turning the game on because they never know what hilarious antic they will see next. As aspiring broadcasters, we can all use Orsillo and Remy as a constant reminder that at the end of the day, a significant portion of our job consists of remembering to have fun.