Tips for Memorizing Rosters

It can be the toughest part of a broadcasters job, memorizing every fact and tidbit possible about every player so that it’s available at a moments notice. It’s a near-impossible task, but it can be made easier with some simple techniques. Jon Chelesnik runs STAA (Sports Talent Agency of America). The former ESPN talk-radio host…

Optical Illusion Fools Announcer

Announcers work hard for a memorable call…and Syracuse Chiefs broadcaster Kevin Brown now has his, although it might not be one he’ll put at the top of his demo reel. In a recent Minor League game between the Chiefs and Indianapolis Indians, the Chiefs’ Emmanuel Buriss hits a nice drive to the outfield, seemingly destined…

The Story Behind “Matteau!”

Stick tap to Alberni Valley Bulldogs broadcaster Evan Hammond for posting this. Deadspin has profiled Howie Rose’s call of the Game 7 OT winner that propelled the New York Rangers into the Cup Final, and ultimately to a Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks. Howie Rose was never one to use a canned line, but…

The Doc Emrick Soundboard

The website “Deadspin”, home to all things weird and wonderful on the internet today posted something that sportscasters and tech geeks would consider a work of art. NHL Broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick is known for his vast vocabulary and now he has his very own soundboard to prove it. Now we can take in Doc’s 121…

Weideman’s Game 6 OT Winner

Courtesy of Tyler King (Fort McMurray Oil Barons Play-by-play Voice), comes John Weideman’s call from  Tuesday night’s Game 6 OT winner, propelling the Chicago Blackhawks into the Western Conference Final ahead of the Minnesota Wild. Patrick Kane got the winner in another odd-goal moment, similar to his Cup-winner tally from a few seasons ago against…

Costas Bails on Broadcast to Pee

Legendary baseball commentator Bob Costas couldn’t hold it anymore, abandoning the booth mid-innings to answer nature’s call. One of the most respected personalities in American sport, Costas was calling a game between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners when he had to go. Literally. Costas asked his broadcasting partner John Smoltz on air, “How are your play-by-play…

McGuire’s Memory Recall

Pierre McGuire is as polarizing character as they come in hockey broadcasting. His undeniable passion is often overshadowed by his delivery and personality on air. However few can deny McGuire’s research and knowledge on player histories, frequently going over European, College and Junior backgrounds of players. It’s that knowledge that shines through on draft-day coverage,…