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“Never lose sight of the fact that it’s the game (that matters to the listener). The research can help you, but keep your eyes on the field.” – Steve Savard

There are plenty of former athletes that are in the business of sports radio these days.  In fact, they are damn near a dime a dozen.

But not like our guest this week.

Steve Savard turned a college and NFL career (cut short by injury) into a career as a TV sports and news anchor.  On the radio side, he didn’t become the analyst.  He became the play-by-play announcer.  And his first gig was the National Football League.  That’s certainly a one-of-a-kind resumé.

Savard, Voice of the St. Louis Rams, tells the story of how he got one of only 32 jobs in the world–NFL team play-by-play announcer–and how he got there.  He also throws out some interesting nuggets of advice for aspiring play-by-play announcers.

Check out more of the show notes below to get a feel for what you will hear in this edition of The PASR. I hope you enjoy and, as always, leave a comment to get out anything that this podcast had you thinking along the way.

INSIDE THIS EPISODE…

  • Steve talks about how he transitioned from sports on the field to sports on TV and radio. [1:33]
  • Steve talks about how he broke into play-by-play. [3:46]
  • Steve explains how bumpy the road was when he first became the play-by-play voice of the Rams. [5:04]
  • Steve describes how critical he can get of himself when critiquing his own tape. [6:36]
  • Steve explains the dichotomy of having to be critical, at times, of bad play with the Rams. [9:05]
  • Steve goes over how to incorporate a new color analyst into a broadcast. [11:59]
  • Steve considers what his job title is considering he’s got multiple jobs in multiple mediums. [13:45]
  • Steve talks about his biggest weaknesses in play-by-play. [16:30]
  • Steve’s biggest strengths in play-by-play. [17:57]
  • Steve advises aspiring play-by-play announcers. [19:16]

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