Interviews are a broadcaster’s bread and butter…and can often make or break a broadcast. A good interview will draw people in to a game, a bad one will send them running.
While content, research and preparation are extremely important, the technical side of an interview is extremely important too, and when it comes to technical in both TV and radio, audio is king. Viewers can tolerate spotty picture, but bad audio will see them leave in droves.
The folks at B&H have come up with a comprehensive guide to microphone selection for an interview, by talking on placement and microphone selection. You can read that here.
Also worth a look is Digitalomnium’s view on using shotgun microphones for interviews, although this pieces is more tailored to sit-down style setups, as opposed to quick pre or post game situations. You can read that here.
Finally, this playlist from the now dormant IndyMogul YouTube channel features a great series of videos on audio and microphones. The channel is geared towards film making, but has several great tips on interview microphones, voice overs, mic placement and selection and a whole lot more.