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SPORTS BROADCASTER: Be Prepared By Knowing Many Different Sports

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Tim shares his story about being a Play-By-Play Announcer. He goes into detail about how he prepares for his job during baseball and football seasons and shares how he got into the business after working for nearly ten years as a print journalist. Tim also talks about the importance of not only having talent, but also the ability to know how to network and he talks about what he's learned about his sports career since he started. Tim also provides advice for those considering getting into the field of sports broadcasting.

Degree: Mass Communication
Job Title: Sport Broadcater
Employer: Vallejo Admirals

Job Summary: Announcers (Radio, TV, DJ, Emcees, Public Address)

Job Description

Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as a master of ceremonies (emcee) or disc jockey (DJ) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Public address systems and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Public speaking ability, Creativity, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Communication
Journalism
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m='12150'>AM,</span> <span m='13670'>getting</span> <span m='14080'>together</span> <span m='15080'>all</span> <span m='15210'>the</span> <span m='15270'>materials</span> <span m='15910'>I</span> <span m='16010'>would</span> <span m='16219'>need,</span> <span m='16580'>researching</span> <span m='17170'>the</span> <span m='17310'>teams.</span> </p><p><span m='18150'>But</span> <span m='18460'>also,</span> <span m='19220'>in</span> <span m='19330'>minor</span> <span m='19570'>league</span> <span m='19720'>baseball,</span> <span m='20230'>you're</span> <span m='20600'>the</span> <span m='20870'>media</span> <span m='21230'>relations</span> <span m='21780'>director,</span> <span m='22220'>too.</span> <span m='22870'>So you're</span> <span m='23340'>contacting</span> <span m='24210'>the</span> <span m='24370'>local</span> <span m='24770'>press,</span> <span m='25300'>setting</span> <span m='25600'>up</span> <span m='25720'>interviews</span> <span m='26210'>with</span> <span m='26330'>players,</span> <span m='27140'>getting</span> <span m='27330'>press</span> <span m='27690'>releases</span> <span m='28180'>out</span> <span m='28480'>to all</span> <span m='28620'>the</span> <span m='28710'>different</span> <span m='29010'>media</span> <span m='29360'>outlets.</span> </p><p><span m='30800'>And</span> <span m='30930'>then</span> <span m='31030'>my</span> <span m='31150'>day</span> <span m='31330'>would</span> <span m='31540'>wrap</span> <span m='31860'>up</span> <span m='32060'>until</span> <span m='32560'>11:30,</span> <span m='33910'>sometimes</span> <span m='34450'>midnight,</span> <span m='35500'>once</span> <span m='35670'>you were</span> <span m='35880'>done</span> <span m='36310'>with</span> <span m='37020'>disassembling</span> <span m='38070'>all</span> <span m='38220'>the</span> <span m='38390'>equipment</span> <span m='39010'>and</span> <span m='39910'>writing</span> <span m='40230'>up</span> <span m='40380'>a</span> <span m='40910'>post</span> <span m='41160'>game</span> <span m='41400'>wrap and</span> <span m='41810'>handling</span> <span m='42210'>all</span> <span m='42300'>the</span> <span m='42380'>social</span> <span m='42790'>media.</span> <span m='43510'>So it was</span> <span m='43760'>usually</span> <span m='44170'>a</span> <span m='44280'>12, 13-hour</span> <span m='44630'>day</span> <span m='45450'>during</span> <span m='45700'>the</span> <span m='45760'>baseball</span> <span m='46200'>season.</span> </p><p><span m='46760'>It's</span> <span m='47130'>a</span> <span m='47190'>little</span> <span m='47480'>lighter</span> <span m='48190'>during</span> <span m='48410'>football</span> <span m='48950'>right</span> <span m='49270'>now.</span> <span m='50030'>Just</span> <span m='50210'>a</span> <span m='50230'>couple</span> <span m='50600'>hours</span> <span m='51540'>before</span> <span m='51840'>game</span> <span m='52070'>time</span> <span m='52330'>I</span> <span m='52420'>get</span> <span m='52720'>there</span> <span m='53080'>with</span> <span m='53230'>a</span> <span m='53280'>lot</span> <span m='53480'>of</span> <span m='53540'>prep</span> <span m='53960'>during</span> <span m='54340'>the</span> <span m='54450'>week,</span> <span m='54970'>watching</span> <span m='55500'>film</span> <span m='55840'>of</span> <span m='55980'>teams</span> <span m='56960'>and</span> <span m='57750'>then</span> <span m='58020'>just</span> <span m='58230'>the</span> <span m='58300'>game</span> <span m='58560'>itself with a</span> <span m='59010'>little</span> <span m='59340'>post-game</span> <span m='59790'>wrap.</span> </p><p><span m='60220'>That's</span> <span m='60390'>one</span> <span m='60550'>thing</span> <span m='60730'>I've</span> <span m='60860'>learned</span> <span m='61790'>early</span> <span m='62150'>on,</span> <span m='62370'>in</span> <span m='62460'>fact,</span> <span m='62720'>even</span> <span m='62940'>in</span> <span m='63110'>college.</span> <span m='63580'>Be</span> <span m='63700'>prepared</span> <span m='64190'>to</span> <span m='64260'>have</span> <span m='64420'>to</span> <span m='64519'>call</span> <span m='65099'>swim meets,</span> <span m='65760'>and</span> <span m='65950'>diving,</span> <span m='66410'>and</span> <span m='66950'>lacrosse,</span> <span m='67480'>which</span> <span m='67660'>I</span> <span m='67730'>didn't</span> <span m='67900'>know</span> <span m='68030'>much</span> <span m='68260'>about</span> <span m='68550'>until</span> <span m='68800'>last</span> <span m='69120'>year,</span> <span m='69350'>until</span> <span m='69880'>they</span> <span m='70000'>threw</span> <span m='70220'>me</span> <span m='70340'>right</span> <span m='70580'>in</span> <span m='70720'>there</span> <span m='70940'>to</span> <span m='71050'>do</span> <span m='71220'>some</span> <span m='71390'>games.</span> <span m='71790'>So</span> <span m='72500'>you're</span> <span m='72600'>going</span> <span m='72710'>to</span> <span m='72760'>cover</span> <span m='73050'>everything</span> <span m='73640'>when</span> <span m='73790'>you</span> <span m='73920'>start out,</span> <span m='74310'>especially.</span> </p><p><span m='75130'>Well</span> <span m='75400'>initially,</span> <span m='75900'>I</span> <span m='75930'>was</span> <span m='76130'>a</span> <span m='76190'>print</span> <span m='77280'>journalist</span> <span m='77710'>for</span> <span m='77800'>quite</span> <span m='78050'>a</span> <span m='78090'>long</span> <span m='78300'>time</span> <span m='78910'>at</span> <span m='79010'>a</span> <span m='79060'>website,</span> <span m='79570'>a</span> <span m='79650'>health</span> <span m='79910'>website,</span> <span m='80590'>was</span> <span m='80830'>there</span> <span m='81030'>almost</span> <span m='81320'>10</span> <span m='81550'>years.</span> <span m='82470'>But</span> <span m='82530'>in</span> <span m='82700'>college</span> <span m='83130'>and</span> <span m='83220'>immediately</span> <span m='83770'>after</span> <span m='84080'>I</span> <span m='84140'>did</span> <span m='84380'>sports</span> <span m='84780'>broadcasting,</span> <span m='85890'>and</span> <span m='86310'>once</span> <span m='86670'>that</span> <span m='86920'>health</span> <span m='87200'>website</span> <span m='87740'>no</span> <span m='87760'>longer</span> <span m='88090'>exists,</span> <span m='88700'>it</span> <span m='88970'>gave</span> <span m='89150'>me</span> <span m='89210'>an</span> <span m='89300'>opportunity</span> <span m='90000'>to</span> <span m='90650'>go</span> <span m='90820'>back</span> <span m='91030'>to</span> <span m='91130'>what</span> <span m='91250'>I</span> <span m='91330'>really</span> <span m='91590'>wanted</span> <span m='91880'>to</span> <span m='91950'>do,</span> <span m='92570'>and</span> <span m='92880'>now</span> <span m='93060'>I'm</span> <span m='93490'>doing</span> <span m='94260'>sports</span> <span m='94690'>journalism</span> <span m='95350'>and</span> <span m='95540'>the</span> <span m='95610'>play</span> <span m='95810'>by</span> <span m='95990'>play,</span> <span m='96240'>which</span> <span m='96470'>is</span> <span m='96990'>my</span> <span m='97110'>real</span> <span m='97390'>passion,</span> <span m='97800'>for</span> <span m='97930'>sure.</span> </p><p><span m='98190'>Well,</span> <span m='98670'>the</span> <span m='98970'>connections</span> <span m='99510'>are</span> <span m='99620'>important.</span> <span m='100030'>That</span> <span m='100170'>is</span> <span m='100320'>very</span> <span m='100540'>true</span> <span m='100800'>in</span> <span m='100890'>this</span> <span m='101080'>business.</span> <span m='101660'>So</span> <span m='101740'>you</span> <span m='101860'>have</span> <span m='101990'>to</span> <span m='102100'>network.</span> <span m='103110'>So</span> <span m='103290'>that's</span> <span m='103480'>a</span> <span m='103530'>different</span> <span m='103860'>side.</span> <span m='104110'>You</span> <span m='104190'>might</span> <span m='104360'>have</span> <span m='104510'>all</span> <span m='104600'>the</span> <span m='104670'>skills</span> <span m='105110'>for</span> <span m='105360'>it</span> <span m='105940'>and</span> <span m='106850'>the</span> <span m='107530'>technique</span> <span m='108070'>for</span> <span m='108340'>calling</span> <span m='108640'>up a</span> <span m='108810'>game,</span> <span m='109330'>but</span> <span m='110020'>there</span> <span m='110160'>is</span> <span m='110290'>that</span> <span m='110550'>the</span> <span m='110800'>outside</span> <span m='111520'>part</span> <span m='111730'>of</span> <span m='111850'>it,</span> <span m='112030'>of</span> <span m='112130'>promoting</span> <span m='112470'>yourself and</span> <span m='112840'>networking</span> <span m='113590'>to</span> <span m='114540'>find</span> <span m='114860'>out</span> <span m='115870'>where</span> <span m='116270'>these</span> <span m='116500'>opportunities</span> <span m='117150'>are.</span> </p><p><span m='117370'>Because</span> <span m='117610'>it's</span> <span m='117990'>a</span> <span m='118370'>fairly</span> <span m='118760'>close</span> <span m='119210'>knit</span> <span m='119670'>network.</span> <span m='120200'>It's</span> <span m='120970'>sort</span> <span m='121260'>of</span> <span m='121320'>a</span> <span m='121370'>small--</span> <span m='121840'>there's</span> <span m='122010'>a</span> <span m='122070'>lot</span> <span m='122310'>of</span> <span m='122370'>baseball</span> <span m='122900'>out</span> <span m='123050'>there's,</span> <span m='123320'>a</span> <span m='123370'>lot</span> <span m='123530'>of</span> <span m='123580'>sports</span> <span m='123920'>out</span> <span m='124130'>there.</span> <span m='124800'>Everybody</span> <span m='125170'>knows</span> <span m='125550'>each</span> <span m='125770'>other.</span> <span m='126080'>It's</span> <span m='126440'>kind</span> <span m='126570'>of</span> <span m='126640'>a</span> <span m='126690'>small</span> <span m='126970'>fraternity</span> <span m='127560'>in</span> <span m='127650'>a</span> <span m='127710'>lot</span> <span m='127870'>of</span> <span m='127940'>ways.</span> </p><p><span m='128570'>How</span> <span m='129979'>low</span> <span m='130460'>I</span> <span m='130560'>would</span> <span m='130720'>have</span> <span m='130930'>to</span> <span m='131060'>start</span> <span m='131460'>in</span> <span m='131620'>this</span> <span m='131890'>career</span> <span m='132270'>restart</span> <span m='132930'>for</span> <span m='133230'>me,</span> <span m='133740'>that</span> <span m='134030'>I</span> <span m='134120'>would</span> <span m='134300'>have</span> <span m='134500'>to</span> <span m='134610'>be</span> <span m='134800'>at</span> <span m='135060'>independent</span> <span m='135800'>baseballs</span> <span m='136550'>before</span> <span m='136950'>I</span> <span m='136990'>could</span> <span m='137170'>even</span> <span m='137390'>get</span> <span m='138040'>to</span> <span m='138305'>A</span> <span m='138570'>or</span> <span m='138730'>AA</span> <span m='139100'>or</span> <span m='139420'>AAA?</span> <span m='140260'>When</span> <span m='140450'>I</span> <span m='140980'>was</span> <span m='141150'>switching</span> <span m='141600'>out</span> <span m='141780'>from</span> <span m='141890'>being</span> <span m='142090'>a</span> <span m='142140'>print</span> <span m='142380'>journalist,</span> <span m='142960'>I had</span> <span m='143080'>done</span> <span m='144160'>other</span> <span m='144340'>radio</span> <span m='144720'>things</span> <span m='145200'>and</span> <span m='145930'>video</span> <span m='146330'>narration</span> <span m='146950'>and</span> <span m='147070'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='147460'>I</span> <span m='147500'>thought</span> <span m='147770'>well,</span> <span m='148050'>I'm</span> <span m='148510'>pretty</span> <span m='148700'>proven</span> <span m='149060'>at</span> <span m='149130'>what</span> <span m='149320'>I</span> <span m='149410'>can</span> <span m='149590'>do.</span> <span m='149830'>I can</span> <span m='150060'>start</span> <span m='150210'>applying</span> <span m='150540'>for</span> <span m='150630'>AA</span> <span m='151160'>gigs,</span> <span m='151420'>that's</span> <span m='151590'>a</span> <span m='151630'>good enough</span> <span m='152000'>place</span> <span m='152240'>to</span> <span m='152330'>start.</span> <span m='153442'>No.</span> <span m='153830'>They</span> <span m='154000'>want</span> <span m='154250'>you</span> <span m='154510'>to--</span> <span m='155000'>even</span> <span m='155290'>AA</span> <span m='155780'>needs</span> <span m='156060'>to</span> <span m='156180'>see</span> <span m='156740'>you</span> <span m='156880'>can</span> <span m='157050'>do</span> <span m='157250'>it</span> <span m='157440'>at</span> <span m='157700'>a</span> <span m='157790'>lower</span> <span m='158130'>level</span> <span m='158460'>before</span> <span m='158770'>you</span> <span m='158870'>can</span> <span m='159030'>climb</span> <span m='159370'>the</span> <span m='159490'>ranks,</span> <span m='160570'>because</span> <span m='160990'>of</span> <span m='161670'>how</span> <span m='161870'>much</span> <span m='162200'>is</span> <span m='162570'>riding</span> <span m='162910'>on</span> <span m='163090'>their</span> <span m='163610'>business</span> <span m='164060'>end</span> <span m='164300'>of</span> <span m='164420'>it</span> <span m='164580'>for</span> <span m='165350'>them</span> <span m='165540'>to</span> <span m='165630'>see</span> <span m='165890'>that</span> <span m='166030'>you're</span> <span m='166280'>clean</span> <span m='166590'>and</span> <span m='166700'>polished</span> <span m='167110'>and</span> <span m='167480'>can</span> <span m='167600'>handle</span> <span m='167890'>this</span> <span m='168050'>kind</span> <span m='168230'>of</span> <span m='168270'>gig.</span> </p><p><span m='168780'>My</span> <span m='169360'>first</span> <span m='169690'>bit</span> <span m='169870'>of</span> <span m='169990'>advice</span> <span m='170570'>would</span> <span m='170930'>be,</span> <span m='171740'>the</span> <span m='171920'>stick</span> <span m='172230'>to-it-ivness.</span> <span m='173280'>Stick</span> <span m='173610'>with</span> <span m='173850'>it.</span> <span m='174570'>And</span> <span m='174960'>it's</span> <span m='175180'>going</span> <span m='175290'>to</span> <span m='175340'>be</span> <span m='175470'>a</span> <span m='175550'>rough</span> <span m='175820'>road.</span> <span m='176230'>There's</span> <span m='176400'>going</span> <span m='176490'>to</span> <span m='176530'>be</span> <span m='176660'>long</span> <span m='177030'>days.</span> <span m='177750'>But</span> <span m='178090'>it's</span> <span m='178230'>all</span> <span m='178390'>going</span> <span m='178480'>to</span> <span m='178550'>make</span> <span m='178750'>for a</span> <span m='179050'>great</span> <span m='179320'>memoir</span> <span m='179770'>someday.</span> </p><p><span m='180680'>Things</span> <span m='181700'>can</span> <span m='181840'>get</span> <span m='182520'>weird</span> <span m='182840'>and</span> <span m='182960'>wild</span> <span m='183430'>in</span> <span m='183610'>the</span> <span m='183880'>world</span> <span m='184160'>of</span> <span m='184230'>minor</span> <span m='184510'>league</span> <span m='184650'>baseball,</span> <span m='185100'>if</span> <span m='185170'>that's</span> <span m='185410'>where</span> <span m='185560'>your</span> <span m='185710'>start,</span> <span m='186120'>or</span> <span m='186230'>small</span> <span m='186620'>college</span> <span m='187000'>football,</span> <span m='187590'>or</span> <span m='187690'>soccer</span> <span m='187970'>or</span> <span m='188040'>something</span> <span m='188410'>like</span> <span m='188640'>that.</span> <span m='189300'>So</span> <span m='189590'>just</span> <span m='190000'>embrace</span> <span m='191100'>the</span> <span m='191240'>craziness,</span> <span m='191840'>embrace</span> <span m='192320'>the</span> <span m='192410'>long</span> <span m='192750'>days,</span> <span m='193500'>and</span> <span m='194320'>it will</span> <span m='194510'>always</span> <span m='195020'>pay</span> <span m='195260'>off</span> <span m='195490'>in</span> <span m='195700'>the</span> <span m='196000'>end.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297226,"video_id":"2746050988001","name":"1283-Tim-p-Play-by-PlayAnnouncer","duration":196256,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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