Entries by Marc

Put your best stuff first

15 to 20 seconds.  Sometimes, that’s all the time it took Paul Gluck to make a decision on someone’s career.  Gluck, currently an associate professor at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater, was at one time a major market news director.  And he says when he had an opening and was judging demo reels […]


Last Thursday night (November 6), the 76ers were on national television while playing the Magic in Orlando.  It was an exclusive telecast, meaning our local telecast on Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia was not permitted.  It gave me the chance to watch the game while sitting with and listening to Tom McGinnis, the 76ers outstanding radio play-by-play […]

Less is more

As a passionate, lifelong Phillies fan, I did something that many would consider somewhat odd.  On Wednesday night October 29, as the long-delayed Game 5 was coming to its intoxicating conclusion, as reliever Brad Lidge built strikes against Tampa Bay pinch-hitter Eric Hinske, I did not join in on the building crescendo of the crowd.  […]

Q: How to break into sportscasting? A: Get a famous Dad

In 1988, Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the World Series caused the late sportscaster Jack Buck to bellow “I can’t believe what I just saw!” At the time, his 19-year old son Joe was an undergraduate at Indiana University.  Just six years later, Joe Buck would follow in his dad’s […]

News or Sports?

So there was Dorothy in the movie Wizard of Oz, walking the Yellow Brick Road, when suddenly the path divided in two.  “Which way to go,” she wondered, when suddenly a voice yelled out, “Some people go both ways.”  With that, we could see the smirking Scarecrow, hanging on his cross,with his arms crossed in […]

Buyer Beware

Podcasting.  Professional or amateur, good voice or bad, youcan be a podcaster.  But buyer beware—that downloaded software you’re using to produce your podcasts…well…you might not “own” as much of that software as you think. I recently discovered this the hard way.  I had been using Roxio’s Record Now Premiere software to record voice-overs for my […]

Keep your ego out of it

By all accounts, Larry Mendte had it good.  He was making huge dollars anchoring the 6 and 11pm newscasts for CBS3 in Philadelphia.  A native of nearby Lansdowne, Delaware County, he had come home in July 2003 to help improve the station’s ratings.  He is married to another local news anchor.  Indeed, life was good. […]

Who are you? Developing a style

Old schoolers like me harken back to The Who, the 1960’s British rock band that asked the musical question, “Who are you? Who, who, who, who?” That’s a question all aspiring television and radio broadcast performers need to ask themselves. Who am I? Who am I on the air? What is my on-air persona? What […]

Don’t just read—think!

You’re on the air and the teleprompter suddenly goes blank… You’re on the air and a reporter package is not playing… You’re on the air and you lose your place in the script… You’re on the air and… …Something goes terribly wrong. What’s the first thing you need to do? How do you act? What […]