Entries by Marc

Too old? Internships lead to broadcasting jobs

Attention college grads.  Those contemplating career changes in your 20’s, 30’s or even 40’s.  All of you who are dying for a career in television broadcasting, here’s an important note: Become an intern.     We’ve talked many times before about the benefits of an internship for college undergrads.  But becoming an intern is also […]

Too old for Radio or TV broadcasting jobs.

Gatorade has been feeling wistful lately.  Or at least, they have a heart for former high school football players in their 30’s.  More specifically, giving former high school players in their 30’s a second chance. You see this past weekend, two archrival high schools played a football game.  A springtime game played by guys who […]

Harry Kalas: Indoor Soccer Announcer

“You get a one game audition,” said the program director of WPHL-TV to the 22-year old kid.  “You pass it, you got the job.  If you don’t, well…” A gentleman named Zvi Shoubin spoke those words to me at a dinner for two in September, 1978.  The plan was to have me audition on Channel […]

Broadcasting Schools

Perusing the internet has left more questions than answers as it relates to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.  Apparently, the school abruptly closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy in early March, only to reportedly re-open a couple of weeks later.  I can’t say definitively whether the Connecticut School of Broadcasting is actually operating and […]

Producing a Demo

Just last week, one of our clients spent the day shooting stand-ups and interviews.  Soon, we’ll choose the stand-ups we like best, script the reporter packages and anchor segments, then hit the studio to put the finishing touches on what promises to be one terrific demo DVD.  What’s it like preparing the material necessary to […]

Take the job you don’t want

The radio newscaster was happy, delivering news in the afternoons and occasionally going out to municipal meetings and the like in the evenings.  It was a good gig at a solid, well-respected station in the market.  His boss was fair.  His co-workers were nice.  The equipment was good and the overall working environment was satisfactory.  […]

Re-inventing TV

Recently, an article posted on a Chicago Tribune blog reported that news producers, writers and editors at an NBC-owned TV station in the Windy City had to reapply for new, multi-faceted positions. The article said that staffers at WMAQ-TV were told this because of increasing demands to provide content not just for TV but the Internet, […]

Obama: anything is possible

Trust me when I tell you, there are plenty of people who never thought they’d see an African American elected president of the United States.  “Not in their lifetime,” they thought.    Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States should serve as inspiration to all of us.  Partisan politics aside, it’s […]

Versatility is key

“I want to anchor the news.” “I’d love to do play-by-play sports.” “I see myself as the next Oprah” Goals?  Dreams?  Love ‘em.  Keep ‘em.  We should all have ‘em.  As the television play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, I’m living my dream and so I consider myself one of the luckiest people on […]