After a glittering career ended at the conclusion of the MLB regular season, Dick Enberg can rest knowing that he leaves sports broadcasting as one of the greatest. We featured a chat between him and fellow retiree Vin Scully last week, but this time it’s an article Dick penned in the last 90’s on how to become a sportscaster.
Despite the dating, it’s relevant information for those looking to make it in the business.
My first baseball broadcast on radio didn’t last long. In the second inning of a semipro game, one of the players fractured an ankle while trying to break up a double play, and since the team only had nine men in uniform, the game was called. The forty fans jumped into their cars, Dick Enberg tried to say good-bye gracefully, and the one-man band unhooked wires, packed equipment and wondered if Red Barber really started this way.
At that time, I was working my way through Central Michigan University. The summer radio job paid one dollar an hour, and my first baseball game netted me a total of two dollars, including travel time. All of this is a preface to the subject: How does on become a sportscaster? I have received hundreds of letters from young men and women who want to know how they should prepare themselves for work in broadcasting sports.
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