Sportscaster Central Podcast Series Teaser

STOP THE PRESSES. The headline is correct: The Sportscaster Central Podcast Series is nearly underway! I have a great group of sportscasters lined up, each of whom has a unique position in the industry and a good story to tell. In the meanwhile, I’ve created this 1-minute teaser so that you can get a sense of what the podcast series is—and what I’d like it to become.

I had a lot of fun building the audio clip, mainly because this is what I do. I’ve been a radio broadcaster since my first time in front of a microphone, and TV stations have been wary of allowing my face on their screens ever since (that was a joke, I hope).

As a bit of background regarding how I created the teaser, I used my pre-recorded voiceover and a free beat I found on Free Music Archive, an essential site for anybody considering making a podcast. The site has thousands of free songs that are archived in the public domain or Creative Commons-licensed. There is certainly a beat or song there that you can incorporate in your podcast’s intro and end that will give it a much more professional sound. I then edited the two audio tracks together in Audacity, another free, essential tool for sportscasters looking to make their no-budget podcast sound every bit like The Bill Simmons Podcast.

Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons, everybody’s favorite ex-ESPNer. Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press

Surprisingly or not, Audacity stands up pretty well to “real deal” audio editing software that will cost you hundred of dollars. Programs like Adobe Audition and Sound Forge do offer more editing features and tend to have a more intuitive layout, but the basics of combining tracks and adjusting volumes are all packed together in Audacity. With the teaser slapped together, I was able to upload it to the Sportscaster Central Soundcloud page and embed that track into this post for you to hear. Simple as that!

As I have with all of my initial postings, I will mention that acquiring audio editing skills and creating a podcast are both great ways to continue to differentiate yourself in the job market. Most radio jobs, especially entry-level positions, will demand that you edit the audio packages you produce, so learning the basics through Audacity is a great start. Who knows, your next encounter with audio editing could come with different software in a “real-world” job setting. Similarly, it’s also easier than ever to create a podcast, especially considering every laptop and headphone set comes with a built-in mic. Use Free Music Archive and Audacity to create a strong product around your voice, and your no-budget podcast can instantly become resume material.

I hope you enjoyed listening to the teaser, and I hope you’re even more excited to get to the podcasts! I know I’ve having fun putting them together. Expect to see the first installment of The Sportscaster Central Podcast Series go up in the coming days. Until then, are there any podcast series you already listen to regularly? Have your own podcast? Let me know in the comments section below!

We Welcome You Inside Sportscaster Central…

Welcome to Sportscaster Central, a blog about sportscasting made by a sportscaster! Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of multimedia content created to inform and educate the men and women who call the action live and break it down in the studio afterwards. From video demonstrations of prep techniques to podcasts and articles about critical issues in the industry, Sportscaster Central offers content suited for sports broadcasters at every level.

Above all, though, I created Sportscaster Central to serve as a venue for those in the sports media industry to learn from each other. While the sportscasting business is a private and tight-knit one, every broadcaster can point to people in the industry who have helped them along the way. Vin Scully had Red Barber. Marv Albert had Marty Glickman. Countless other stories of mentorships and “big breaks” follow.

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Marty Glickman and Marv Albert. Credit: WHN/Associated Features, Inc.

I have learned already that many broadcasters—those much more experienced and talented than me, to be sure—are willing to lend a helping hand, so Sportscaster Central will encourage outside contributions of all sizes from the broadcasting community. Whether it’s some examples of your prep work or a spot on a podcast, I would love to have you involved!

Below are in-depth descriptions of the types of content I plan to regularly feature at Sportscaster Central. Let me know in the comments section if you have ideas for additional content you’d like to see. I hope see you around here often!

–Dominick Savino

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Dominick Savino, Founder of Sportscaster Central.

Rumblings & Ramblings: Simply put, Rumblings & Ramblings will be where I write about the sports media business. Professional and amateur American sports have become a multi-billion dollar industry, not the least because of the endless media coverage every team and athlete now garners. With the landscape of sports media rapidly changing, there is so much to discuss as overarching themes and issues start to emerge. I’d gladly welcome guest Rumbles & Rambles, too, so feel free to shoot me a line if you want to chime in.

The Sportscaster Central Podcast: On the podcast series, I plan to open up the conversation by talking shop with other sportscasters. We will share stories and talk about the industry that has provided all of us with many memorable experiences. I would love to have talent from all levels and mediums join me for a podcast, so reach out and I’ll get you on The Sportscaster Central Podcast.

Demo Videos: It doesn’t matter the sport or show. Every broadcaster has their own unique way of preparing themselves to do what they do best: talk.  I’ll be using screencasts to showcase the ways that sportscasters go about prepping for the best job in the world. Because everybody has a different approach, I’d love to feature examples of your spotting charts or game boards. Send me over some pictures of your prep work, and I’ll feature them on my next video.