How to Become a Sportscaster
"SMG student Justin Hoke at KFXX with Portland Trail Blazers coach, Nate McMillan"
If you want to learn how to become a Sportscaster, it's best to first know how the sports broadcasting industry REALLY works. When you understand how those inside the field of sports broadcasting actually think and operate, you'll have a decided advantage over others who also want to know how to become a sportscaster - but don't know the secrets you're about to learn.
To become a sportscaster, there are two critical components that rank above all others for making your entry into the sports broadcasting industry a successful one.
Those critical components are:
- You must master the necessary broadcasting skills to perform the duties of the job
- You must have influential contacts and a strong network of sportscasting professionals who you know, and who personally know you
You've surely heard the saying: "It's not what you know, but who you know".
Since you want to discover how to become a sportscaster, it's best to amend that saying to: "It's BOTH what you know, and who you know."
After all, you may have the greatest sports broadcasting skills in the world, but if nobody within the industry knows you, what good do they do you?
The opposite is also true. You may have killer contacts within the sports broadcasting industry who also know other influential contacts. However, if you don't have the highly specialized broadcasting skills required to call games, prepare for and host shows, or interview players and other guests, who's going to hire you?
How to acquire sportscasting skills in order to become a sportscaster
The best instructor to teach you any new skill is someone who earns their living by performing that skill daily. Since you want to know how to become a sportscaster, the best instructor to teach you the necessary broadcasting skills, tools, tips and techniques for the job is another sportscaster. Who better to teach you the ins and outs of play-by-play, show hosting, or interviewing than a working sportscaster.
How to develop sportscasting contacts and build your network
The famous bank robber from the thirties, Willie Sutton, was once asked why he robbed banks. His simple reply was: "Because that's where the money is".
You must get your foot in the door of a sports radio or television station as soon as possible, simply because that's where your necessary contacts and network are.
Inside a real radio or television station is the best place to find real contacts, build a real network, which eventually leads to real jobs.
Where to receive the proper training, develop contacts and build your network
Because sports broadcasting is highly specialized and unique from other forms of broadcasting, you would be wise to seek the knowledge and services of sports broadcasting specialists.
After all, if you wanted to learn how to become a sportscaster, what could a talk show host teach you about play-by-play? Would a music DJ be the best teacher to help you learn about sports talk hosting or anchoring? Of course not.
Due to the highly specialized nature of sports broadcasting, the Broadcasters Mentoring Group has created a separate training program, with separate training materials, and even a separate website dedicated to just sports broadcasting.
BMG even has a separate name for that division of our company, the Sportscasters Mentoring Group. Here, you'll discover the only all sports broadcasting school in the US and Canada. You'll find the exact same setup as we have for our students training to become Music DJs, Talk Show Hosts, and Newscasters through this site, such as:
- You choose the sports radio station or play-by-play announcer to train with
- You choose your training days and times, based upon your schedule and availability
- You choose whether to train to become a play-by-play announcer, talk show host - or both
- No need to relocate, as all training is done in local stations to you
- Financing available for your training
- Lifetime job placement assistance
- Continuing education opportunities, even after your formal training is completed
Compare Regular Broadcasting Schools With a Sports Broadcasting School
Broadcasting schools are structured to give you general training as a DJ, talk show host, and sports broadcaster. That's fine, if you're unsure of just what type of broadcasting you'd like to pursue.
However, if you're sure you want to become a sports broadcaster, why would you attend a broadcasting school that dedicates just a small portion of their training to sports broadcasting?
How will learning DJ skills help you to become a play-by-play announcer or sports radio show host? It won't. You'd be learning things and paying for training you'll never use or need.
Your next step to learning how to become a sportscaster
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