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Sports Broadcasting: How to be a sports radio talk show host

Let a Former ESPN Top Exec Tell You What It Takes to be Hired as a Sports Broadcaster.
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Created by Michael Madden
Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
Plan a talk show.
Create a talk show rundown.
Perform an air check.
Explain the difference between a talk show host and a radio personality.
Brainstorm engaging show topics using a topic tree.
List the attributes of a great announcer.
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  • Adobe PDF reader
  • You should be comfortable with technology, or be willing to learn the technology needed to host your own talk show.
  • Microphone or device that acts like a microphone.

Listen in as the man who discovered Colin Cowherd explains how to kick start your own sportscasting career.

There’s no greater name in sportscasting than ESPN and no more powerful force in radio than the Cumulus and Westwood One networks. Now here’s a rare chance to learn what it takes to be a great sports talk host from a top exec at all these companies. In this course, Bruce Gilbert, former GM at ESPN Radio, and current SVP at the two top networks reveals just what radio pros look for in a new sports talk hire. Gilbert knows from what he speaks. He’s launched the careers of scores of new hosts, including ESPN Radio superstar Colin Cowherd. Listen in as he tells a Sportscasters Mentoring Group 2010 seminar how to develop a topic and discover your own unique sportscaster personality. Topics that are never outdated. Then put his ideas to work as we include several easy to use tools to help you create your own sports talk show. This fast moving, inexpensive course could be the first step to your new career in sports broadcasting or the missing link to take your existing career to the next level.

Be sure to download the talk show guide and aircheck found under Lecture #2.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning what it takes to become a talk show personality. You should be comfortable with technology if you want to participate in the broadcasting activity.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction Promo
1 Lecture 02:42
Part One
7 Lectures 59:18

Use the Talk Show Guide in addition to watching the video lectures. The guide takes you through the steps of acquiring the technology to start your talk show, then supports your effort in delivering a top notch show. You will brainstorm a show topic, find supporting resources, create a rundown, refine your topics, and finally deliver and assess your first talk show.

Send the BMG Aircheck pdf form to your family, friends, or mentor, and ask them to critique your show. You will improve your skills if you are willing to accept feedback.

Preview 08:33

Talk Show Host vs. Talk Show Personality

Talk Show Host vs. Talk Show Personality (continued)

What Actions Can You Take to Become a Radio Personality

The Topic Tree: A Brainstorming Technique

Q&A Part One

Q&A Part One (continued)
Part Two
5 Lectures 51:11
Observations By the Expert: How to Get a Job in Radio Sports Talk

Q&A Part Two

Q&A Part Two (continued)

Q&A Part Three

Q&A Part Three (continued)
About the Instructor
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Sportscasters Mentoring Group Founder

Michael Madden is the founder of the only all sports broadcasting school in the US, the Sportscasters Mentoring Group. Wherever you are in the US or Canada, SMG gets your 'foot in the door' of the sports broadcasting industry to be trained inside a real sports radio station of your choosing.

All SMG students are mentored by a professional sportscaster in a one-on-one, hands-on learning environment. Because SMG students train in a real-world sports broadcasting work environment, they develop real-world industry contacts, relationships - and jobs.

The courses being presented contain the types of insights and industry secrets that only an actual insider working in the business would know from experience.

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