Sports Announcer Duties & Responsibilities
This job generally requires the following abilities and qualities:
- Knowledge of the game of Aussie Rules, the teams that are playing, and their players.
- The ability to quickly summarize what’s happening during the game.
- The ability to offer commentary on the game.
- The ability to banter with your on-air colleagues.
- Knowledge of how the particular form of broadcasting works.
Sports announcers must combine all of those attributes so the things they say engage the audience and come across as friendly and intelligent. They should let their personalities shine through but not to the extent that they interfere with viewer and listener enjoyment of the game.
Education, Training, & Certification
Sports announcers typically begin preparation for their careers in college, in and out of classes.
- Education: Sports announcers often receive a bachelor’s degree in a major such as communications, journalism, radio, television, or multimedia. Speech, voice, and music classes may be beneficial to develop an appealing voice.
- Training: Sports announcers need to demonstrate extensive experience to kick-start their career, and many begin by calling games for various sports programs at their college.
Sports Announcer Skills & Competencies
Sports announcers in major media markets like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are so polished they make the job look easy. It takes a lot of practice as well as the following qualities and abilities to be a successful announcer:
- Excellent speaking voice: Sports announcers must have a voice people want to listen to. They should be in command of it, speaking clearly and confidently.
- Interpersonal skills: They must interact effectively with other on-air talents as well as, in some cases, in-studio guests and people who call their show.
- Research: In smaller markets, they conduct their own research to generate statistics and trivia about the home team and their opponents.
- Writing: They may also write material for the broadcast or for use in other media.
- Technical savvy: They must be able to use the various pieces of technological equipment their particular job utilizes.
Sports announcers work most prominently in broadcast booths at stadiums and other sporting venues. They may also work in an office-type setting while preparing for broadcasts.
A sports announcer’s schedule depends on the schedule of the team or sporting events they cover. Consequently, they work at various times of the day and night and on weekends and holidays.
Must be available Saturday afternoons.
How to Get the Job
WRITE A TARGETED RESUME AND COVER LETTER
Record games, review the games, and keep track of excellent calls or commentary. Provide compilations of your best clips to media outlets when applying for jobs.
Email recordings & resume and cover letter to the Ozsports Radio Producers @ firstname.lastname@example.org