Entries by Marc

Rejection can fuel your enegy

“Life isn’t fair. It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.” –William Goldman, “The Princess Bride” Life is not a meritocracy. It’s not the Boy or Girl Scouts. You don’t always get a badge, patch or some other reward for being competent, good or even great in a particular area. Broadcasting, like any other business, is […]

Ya gotta believe

The late Tug McGraw was a relief pitcher for 19 Major League seasons with the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. One day while with the Mets, McGraw emerged from a team meeting, blinked at the assembled media, smiled and promptly spouted, “Ya gotta believe.” Even as McGraw was speaking, the Mets were mired […]

Listen up! (The most important skill for interviewers)

Being a good listener is the single most important thing you can do as an interviewer. It will help to bring out more honest and interesting answers from the person being interviewed and it will keep your audience engaged and interested as well. Case in point—a recent post game interview I did with 76ers forward […]

Asking good questions

What makes a good question? Now that’s a good question! Why? Because it’s an open-ended question. Open-ended questions are questions that cannot necessarily be answered with a simple yes or no. These kinds of questions make for the best interviews. Avoid leading questions, questions that simply make a statement or questions that lack any real […]

Do the dirty work and love it!

“I just get coffee.” “All I do is busy work. It’s stupid.” “What, I don’t get paid???” Ah, the laments of the intern, the production assistant (PA), the go-fer. Performing the mundane and wondering, “is it all worth it?” It is. More than you’ll ever know. Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia is my employer, while I broadcast […]

You’re a tube of toothpaste

Tell the truth, what do you know about toothpaste? Sure, you know some of the buzz words like whitening and cavity-fighting. But what about the real intrinsic values of the product? Do you really have a full, technical understanding of what makes one toothpaste better than another? Chances are you don’t. Chances are you assume […]