Entries by Marc

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 […]

For play-by-play announcers: .150 is a great batting average!

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. ~ Joe Paterno Penn State football fan or not, Joe Pa’s words should be heeded, most especially by play-by-play announcers. Preparation (aka doing your homework) is the key to making the good call of a game a great call. But it’s also […]

It’s OK to be anxious

You’re on the outside looking in. Your nose is pressed against the window of the broadcasting industry and you hunger to get inside. But then you ruminate about the competitive nature of the business or that callous news director who won’t return your phone call. You start wringing your hands at the prospect of perhaps […]

No phone calls please

No phone calls please Ads for openings in broadcasting look good. You read it and when it looks like something you’d be good for, you no doubt start to fantasize by seeing yourself in that position. Anchor or reporter. News or sports. Play-by-play. Whatever it is, you’re ready! So, you ready your demo reel and […]

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 […]