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Starting Out In Sports Broadcasting

Dear Sugar
I am curious to know what sort of studies you need to do to become an anchor/broadcaster. I'm really interested in this area and would love to become a sports broadcaster someday. I know it depends on who you are working for, but what is the average salary? Journalistic Jill

Dear Journalistic Jill
I recommend going to a school, with a good broadcast journalism program. The salaries will vary depending on your market. You may start by making anywhere from $20,000 a year, up to as much as getting a $65 million contract like Katie Couric. She by the way, she is the highest paid anchor in the biz.

Just remember that this could be a long road. But ultimately, a very satisfying and prosperous road. It takes patience and a good solid work ethic.

According to a ten year veteran of sports broadcasting, Ari Wolfe, the #1 thing you need to do when starting out is to gain experience - even if it's unpaid at first.

During school, try and work in any medium possible such as; your student newspaper or the local radio show. When you begin applying for jobs after college, "no experience is bad experience". Take advantage of as many internships as possible.

Learn what everyone does at the station. it will make you more successful down the road and more of a team player. You will appreciate what everyone does.

Also, be prepared to move around a lot. Wherever you can get a job at the beginning is where you will need to live. Currently, Ari splits his time between Louisville, KY (Cardinals),and Philadelphia, PA (The Philadelphia Soul and Eagles).

This is a very competitive field, but you'll find that most people who have stuck it out for the long haul genuinely love what they do. All the best to you.

PS - Since we’re talking sports, I’d like to add that I’m a Yankee fan.

Have you seen their captain (Derek Jeter) up close and personal in uniform? - YUMMY!

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