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Call of the Game: What Really Goes on in the Broadcast Booth

Bender, Gary, with Johnson, Michael L.

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ISBN 10: 1566250137 / ISBN 13: 9781566250139
Published by Bonus Books, Inc, Chicago, IL, 1994
Condition: very good, very good
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263, illus., glossary, index, slight soiling to front flyleaf, slight creasing to DJ edges. An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the sportscasters who dominate television viewing. Discusses some baseball players, including Reggie Jackson, who became broadcasters. Bookseller Inventory # 50634

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Title: Call of the Game: What Really Goes on in the...

Publisher: Bonus Books, Inc, Chicago, IL

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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How many times have you listened to play-by-play on television and thought, I could do that job? With this book, perhaps you can. At the least, you'll learn what it takes to be a play-by-play announcer. Your teacher? A consummate professional. For more than 25 years, Gary Bender has described the action on the playing field of 29 different sports, 27 at network level.

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Television sports announcer Bender is both faceless and ubiquitous: you probably don't know who he is, but you would if you heard him utter a sentence or two. To Bender, that may be the ultimate compliment; the announcer shouldn't be the show, he should describe it. This is a combination how-to and look-what-you're-getting-into overview of play-by-play sports broadcasting. With more than 25 years of experience and a master's in broadcast journalism, Bender presents both the textbook theories and the daily realities for budding broadcasters. He peppers his guide with personal anecdotes as he progresses from choosing a broadcast career to pre-event preparation to calling the event. The amount of preparation is daunting; for fun, just try to memorize the names, numbers, and a bit of background for all the starters of your favorite NFL team. Then imagine trying to do the same thing for two different teams each week. Bender also examines what happens during a typical broadcast, from working with a partner and crew, to handling controversy, to developing a personal style. This is both a very entertaining book and a valuable introduction to an interesting career. Wes Lukowsky

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