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Josh Norman to work as NFL commentator for Fox Sports

The Redskins’ highly prized offseason free agent signing will join Fox Sports as a regular contributor this season, according to Emily Kaplan of MMQB.com. Read more about Josh’s second job here.

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Brendan Burke replaces Howie Rose as Islanders play-by-play announcer

MSG Networks announced Thursday that he will succeed Howie Rose as the lead TV play-by-play voice for the Islanders alongside analyst Butch Goring. Read more about Burke’s “dream job” here.

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White Sox name new TV announcer to sub for Hawk Harrelson

The Sox chose Benetti, 32, after an extensive search. A graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School who grew up in Homewood as a Sox fan, Benetti has been doing play-by-play on college football and basketball for ESPN since 2011. Read more about Benetti’s incredible journey here.

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Josh Elliot Sets Early Exit From NBC Sports

News and sports anchor Josh Elliot is leaving NBC Sports after less than 2 years. According to a statement by NBC, “Josh and NBC Sports mutually decided to part ways, and we wish him the best of luck in the future”. You can read more about Josh’s decision after the jump.

What it’s like to work at a news station

At WREX-TV in Quincy, Illinois, this is what goes into producing a nightly newscast.

Or at least, how it was presented to the viewer…

Young aspiring broadcasters make their name known throughout the country

Pete Sousa- spent two weeks at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas covering action for the D-League and NBA Entertainment

Kristalyn Anderson- is now an account executive at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

Eddie Caiazzo- continues to increase distribution outlets of the GolfTalk Live radio and the Traveling Golfer television shows. The national award-winning radio show is set to expand to ESPN Lehigh Valley in early 2014

Yossie Goldstein- is now a freelance newscaster at WBCB radio in Levittown, PA

Joe Vasile- won Broadcaster of the Year for the Coastal Plain League!

Brian Seltzer, host for the 76ers Radio Network, shares how a chance encounter has developed into an invaluable friendship

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October’s client of the month has quite the resume and is always looking to improve his craft with the help of Marc Zumoff. He is heading into his third season as host for the Philadelphia 76ers Radio Network, anchoring pre-game and halftime coverage. He has provided play-by-play commentary for University of Pennsylvania football radio broadcasts for the past seven seasons, and – this fall – will be entering his ninth season in the same capacity for UPenn’s Men’s Basketball team. Brian serves as the 97.5 FM The Fanatic news anchor, delivering local ‘SportsCenter’ update reports during morning and afternoon drive time programming.

His past assignments include three years – from 2010 through 2012 – providing radio play-by-play commentary for the Reading Phillies, the Double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He also spent four years – from 2006 through 2009 – as the Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for 950 AM ESPN / 97.5 FM The Fanatic, covering the team on a year-round, daily basis, while co-hosting talk shows with Brian Dawkins, DeSean Jackson, and Brian Westbrook. 

Brian was kind enough to say this about Marc, when asked about how he has helped him pursue his broadcasting career…

“Without question, Marc has, hands down, been one of the most influential people to have played a role in my professional and personal development.

I first met Marc in passing a little more than 10 years ago at  the Wells Fargo Center, on a night that I was working as a runner for the NBA on TNT crew.  Having goals of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting, I approached him and introduced myself, which led to an exchange of e-mail addresses.

In what is a total testament to Marc’s character, and his absolute commitment to helping others, that random, chance encounter has since developed into an invaluable mentorship and friendship.  Over the past decade and change, I honestly don’t think there’s been a single message – by phone, text, or e-mail – I’ve sent to Marc that he hasn’t answered, and I’ve bugged him with hundreds of them (as text and Gmail archives verified to me!).

As accomplished as Marc is at what he does, the quality I admire most about him is his overall outlook on and approach to life. He seems to appreciate what he’s got, keeps the big picture issues in perspective, and has established balance.  More than any feedback he’s ever given me on my work, this example that Marc sets has left the greatest impression on me.

Check out some broadcasting samples of Brian Seltzer’s work below:

Penn Football vs. Dartmouth 2013

Penn Men’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth 2014

Favorite Quotes:

Be humble, but hungry” – Brian Dawkins                          “Think the thought” – Marc Zumoff

Sideline Stereotype

For some, the notion of sideline reporters has almost become a caricature of itself…

South Carolina hosting Georgia in a SEC clash on a sun-splashed Saturday in September with over 80,000 on hand at Williams-Brice stadium Columbia as we go down to our sideline reporter, who happens to be a gorgeous blonde, long hair blowing, sleeveless garb, giving her take on the game just before kickoff…and the big question is–are the men at home actually listening to what she’s saying…

This is what the business has become and frankly, I get it and I’m actually good with it.  I’ve written extensively about the “sideline stereotype” in my book Total Sportscasting, published by Focal Press.  It is there that I lay out the debate that the sideline is a way to get a beautiful woman on the air and that for many, the hot factor has become a prerequisite for filling the position.

All of that said, it’s my feeling that sideline reporting is not totally superfluous and in fact a beautiful woman can be qualified from a journalistic and performance standpoint.  Television is a visual medium and visual appeal is often taken into consideration by TV executives when deciding exactly who fills the position–not always, but often.  But accompanying this is the deliberation about the need for the position itself and who gets hired to do it.

Here’s a take on sideline reporters from Boston Globe reporter Chad Finn.  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/09/04/the-sideline-reporter-fruitful-frivolous/f8hr9k7il4D0UnoZzyfrMO/story.html

There’s also an excerpt from Total Sportscasting in this month’s e-letter.

2 young broadcasters paving their way to success

William DeBoer

  • Recent graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan
  • Spent last summer broadcasting games for a collegiate league baseball team in Lisle, IL
  • He is now a graduate assistant in broadcasting and production at Columbus State University working on the UStream productions of six sports (women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s/women’s basketball, baseball, softball) for the CSU Cougars, who play in the Division II Peach Belt Conference
  • His ultimate goal is to become the radio or television voice for a major sports team
Melissa Steininger

  • Entering her junior year at Temple University
  • Broadcast journalism major with a political science minor
  • Involved with both Temple Update and WHIP radio
  • On radio, hosts a show called “Temple Pulse”
  • This summer interned for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for their internal broadcast network
  • Eventually wants to work in television news

Play-by-play announcers: Do you do these 3 things to prepare?

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Total Sportscasting: Performance, Production, and Career Development

Chapter 3: Research and Relationships epresses the importance of trust as a sportscaster or producer. You have to be confident in the resources and people that purport to supply you with the facts necessary to get your job done. Conversely, those folks need to develop a trust in you. From play-by-play to reporting, from anchoring to sports talk, from producing to directing, the trust factor is pervasive.

This excerpt focuses on the research and preparation of Play-by-play announcers:

Play-by-play announcers need to come prepared with many of the nuts and bolts necessary to bring the viewer or listener into the game such as basic roster information and pertinent statistics. Coaching strategies and stories about the participants also help to make a well-rounded presentation, although like many of the other sportscasting disciplines, play-by-play announcers need to be prepared to alter their presentation depending on how the game is being played out.

Play-by-play announcers will often do their homework on cards or boards that they can refer to during the broadcast. Preparing and organizing this material differs from sport to sport and from broadcaster to broadcaster.