Last week we posted some advice from Dick Enberg on how to become a sportscaster. Advice is fantastic, but it’s another thing to actually go out and do it.
The folks over at WorkInSports.com have a great article detailing the paths taken by some of the most famous sportscasters and greatest voices including Doc Emrick, Dan Shulman, Matt Devlin and Jim Nantz. It’s a good look at the steps they took and the time they’ve put in to get where they are today.
Being a sports fan usually means you aren’t afraid to form strong opinions. You love the coach, you hate the first baseman, you think the left guard has potential and that guy three rows down from you is the most annoying human ever. That’s the life of a fan, being decisive about everything going on with your team – and even the surroundings.
Since we all feel so passionate about our teams, we also tend to form strong opinions about the play by play announcers and analysts. I hear it all the time from fans – ‘I hate it when Jim Nantz does our games!’ or ‘Chris Collinsworth is the best analyst in any sport!’ and one I agree with wholeheartedly, ‘Thank goodness, Tim McCarver retired.’
All of these men and women started small, honed their craft and developed into big stars on the network sports level. For anyone that’s considering a play by play career I thought it may be fun to trace some of these network stars back to their roots.
Click here to read the full article. What are your thoughts on the career paths taken by these sportscasters?