One of the most fascinating things about broadcasting for me is the ‘how’. How other broadcasters setup, how they prepare, how they work their way through a game and how they do what they do. I’m a firm believer in learning from others…not copying but seeing what makes them successful and finding my own spin on it. It’s been the theme of previous articles such as Inside the Life of a PBP Guy and Inside a FOX NFL Broadcast.
Arena Football could easily be considered a fringe sport in the North American landscape, but it has a passionate following. Recently an article from Zander Kean popped up detailing his prep and call of his AFL team, the Jacksonville Sharks. It’s a great look at his prep, his setup and his delivery of a unique sport.
When friends, family and acquaintances hear that I do some play-by-play broadcasting, their immediate response is almost always the same. Some form of “How do you know what to say?” is usually the first thing they ask. Actually, that is not true. The first thing is a request to pretend like I’m calling a big play right there on the spot. Which is way, way more difficult than you would think.
But anyways, play-by-play is something that almost everyone is familiar with but few have actually done. Just about everyone has watched a game, but far fewer have called one. And so, interesting questions come up.
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