Bob Wolff's Complete Guide to Sportscasting: How to Make It in Sportscasting With or Without Talent

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How many sportscasters working today can say that they’ve interviewed both Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter? The answer is one, and his name is Bob Wolff. Having called everything from the World Series to the Westminster Kennel Club Show on both TV and radio, Wolff is uniquely qualified to write a comprehensive guide to the art of sportscasting. And in Bob Wolff ’s Complete Guide to Sportscasting, he pours forth sixty-plus years of experience and wisdom behind the microphone to create the definitive volume on the ...

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Overview

How many sportscasters working today can say that they’ve interviewed both Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter? The answer is one, and his name is Bob Wolff. Having called everything from the World Series to the Westminster Kennel Club Show on both TV and radio, Wolff is uniquely qualified to write a comprehensive guide to the art of sportscasting. And in Bob Wolff ’s Complete Guide to Sportscasting, he pours forth sixty-plus years of experience and wisdom behind the microphone to create the definitive volume on the subject, a book that will be devoured by aspiring sportscasters for generations. Part how-to, part memoir, it’s a book that breaks down the sportscasting profession from all angles to present a step-by-step playbook for success.

As Wolff explains in his introduction, it doesn’t take great talent to become a sportscaster. After all, it’s the athletes who provide the stories. The sportscaster’s job is to add information and identification, sometimes entertainment, and aim at enhancing the viewing or listening pleasure for our electronic friends at the other end. It’s nice work if you can get it, and nobody has ever enjoyed this work more than Bob Wolff. Read this book to find out why and how you, too, can do the same.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080815
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/23/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Wolff is the longest running broadcaster in television and radio history, now in his eighth decade behind the microphone.
The only broadcaster in history to call the championships of all four major pro sports, his historic calls include Don Larsen’s legendary perfect game in the 1956 World Series and the 1958
NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts (“The Greatest Game Ever Played”). Wolff was the television and/or radio play-by-play voice of The New York Knicks and New York Rangers for twenty-seven years. In addition to his enshrinement in both the baseball and basketball Halls of Fame, he has also been honored with induction into Madison Square Garden’s Walk of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. He lives with his wife, Jane, in South Nyack, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: We'll begin after a word from our sponsor ix

Preface: Defining talent xiii

Part 1 Getting the Job

1 Understanding the sportscaster s role 2

2 How does one qualify? 7

3 Selling an idea you control bypasses applying for a job 19

4 Emotion is more important than words 36

5 A Wolff in ship's clothing 43

6 The evolution of broadcast partners 53

7 Watching the parade go by 65

8 There's no farm system in sportscasting 74

9 The power of laughter 95

10 Changes in runs. hits, and eras 104

Part 2 Doing the Job

11 The importance of words 112

12 Content makes the difference 118

13 Thinking big can bring big bucks 131

14 Fulfilling a need 137

15 Roar of the crowd 153

16 The importance of exposure 156

17 You have to know the numbers 168

18 Ways to stand out in the field 178

19 The delicate role of sportscasters in the marketing of the team 188

20 The agony of choice 192

Part 3 Getting the Extra Edge

21 Tricks of the trade 202

22 Vocal suggestions to hold any audience 210

23 The Art of Ad-libbing 219

24 Your mind can be your secret weapon 229

25 Being different is an asset 238

26 Agents and public relations people 245

27 Different ways to win 250

28 Words Influence Images 257

29 How to find the right route if you're on the wrong path 271

Part 4 Survival Techniques

30 Different sports demand different techniques 281

31 Even legendary broadcasters encounter opinion hazards 293

32 The team may be losing but the broadcast should be winning 298

33 Statisticians, spotters, and sports records 315

34 Sportscasting teams 330

35 Sportscasting organizations and a high school sports venture 334

36 The overlooked art of interviewing 338

Acknowledgments 347

About the Author 350

Index 351

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