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Cincinnati, OH, United States, North America
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High School
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Intern Sportscaster (Ice Hockey)

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All possible positions involved in broadcasting live ice hockey games are available to students as a learning enviornment to build experience in a real-life environment with real equipment and real viewers in a non-professional hockey league. If your dream is to work in sports broadcasting, camera operations, production or more, this is a great opportunity for you and will likely be the most flexible atmosphere available to you in your career lifetime. If you want to commentate play-by-play action, design video graphics for scoreboard overlays, operate camera or gain experience in this field, you've come to the right place!


This position is a part of the NRCW TV™ volunteer division at this time and is not a required job filling. We are willing to teach interested individuals wanting to gain experience and/or practice in sports broadcasting and any various related aspects surrounding the industry and actually doing so will depend on how many people we have interested in doing this.

This is an unpaid internship at this time. Equipment and licensed software will be provided by NRCW TV for students and post graduates seeking to build thier portfolio to utilize and work with. High flexability is permitted in this particular situation with the goals to better a students' skills, knowledge and creativity in broadcasting. This would not be possible in a controlled or contracted environment.

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TV, Radio and Sports Announcers tend to be known by all and loved by most! These are the voices and faces you see or hear every day when driving to work, watching the news, perhaps even while you shop. Though their name might not be their actual birth name, you may know it as well as you know your friends’ names and indeed, announcers occasionally seem as though they are a friend because of their continued friendly presence during daily activities!

Though you know the part of the job you hear or see, there is often much more to this position than simply reading a script out loud to an audience. An announcer may have to research and write his or her own information. They may be given a very general topic to discuss and need to determine what might interest the audience, and find timely information and fact check it for accuracy. Announcers may also have to perform live or taped interviews, in which case they need to research and obtain some background information about the person they’ll be interviewing, preparing an advance list of questions and topics to cover.

An announcer may also need to make public appearances at station events, shaking hands, giving out autographs, and answering questions while promoting the station and sometimes its clients. An announcer may also be expected to do production work, which involves using computerized equipment to record and edit commercials and other promotional audio. Radio disc jockeys (“DJs” or “jocks”) do not select the music; this is done by a program director or music director.


Types Of Sports Broadcasters

Play-by-play announcers are the primary speakers, valued for their articulateness and ability to describe the events of an often fast-moving contest. Color commentators are valued for experience and insight into the game, and are often asked questions by the play-by-play announcer to give them a topic for analysis. The latter most often have gained their experience in the sport as a player and/or coach, while the former is more likely to be a professional broadcast journalist than a participant in the sport, although there are numerous exceptions to these general trends.

The most common format for a television broadcast is to have one of each type. An example is NBC Sunday Night Football, which is called by Cris Collinsworth, a former NFL receiver, (formerly by John Madden, a former head coach), and Al Michaels, a professional announcer. In the United Kingdom however there is a much less distinct division between play-by-play and color commentary, although two-man commentary teams usually feature an enthusiast with formal journalistic training but little or no competitive experience leading the commentary, and an expert former (or current) competitor following up with analysis or summary. There are however exceptions to this - all of the United Kingdom's major cricket and snooker commentators are former professionals in their sports, while the legendary Formula One racing commentator Murray Walker had no formal journalistic training and only limited racing experience of his own.

Another difference between the two types is that color commentators will almost always announce only a sport in which they played or coached, while play-by-play announcers - such as Michaels, Mike Patrick and David Coleman - may have careers in which they call several different sports at one time or another. However, Brad Daugherty, a former professional basketball player, currently appears on coverage of NASCAR auto racing on ESPN.
Although the combination of a play-by-play announcer and one or more color commentators is standard today, in the past it was much more common for a play-by-play announcer to work alone. ASA Hall of Famer Vin Scully, longtime announcer for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, is one of few examples of this practice still existing today. Others currently in this capacity include Rich Schvotkin, (psychiatrist and play-by-play/color analyst for Georgetown Hoyas basketball games), and Dave Johnson, radio broadcaster for the Washington Wizards.

While there were sports broadcasts from 1912, the first sports commentary was broadcast in April 1921 by Florent Gibson of the Pittsburgh Star newspaper covering the fight between Johnny Ray and Johnny "Hutch" Dundee at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh.[1]
In the United States, nearly all professional sports teams, most collegiate teams—as well as a dwindling number of high schools have their own Sports commentators, who are usually recognized as the voice of the team on radio broadcasts and are often identified as part of the team like the players or the coaches. In addition, television networks and cable channels will have their own stable of play-by-play announcers that work with various teams.

Job keywords/tags:  Commentationg , Sportcasting , Radio Talent , Voiceovers

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