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EP 052: Matt Farago, Harlem Globetrotters

posted by Logan Anderson November 22, 2017 0 comments
      EP 052 Matt Farago Harlem Globetrotters

This episode I chat with the in-arena voice of the Harlem Globetrotters, Matt Farago. Topics of discussion include:

  • Why this job goes against all of the normal rules of play-by-play.
  • Figuring out how to balance the aspects of play-by-play, PA, and showmanship required for this unique position.
  • How to keep a high level of energy with the outcome more or less pre-determined.
  • How he got into the business as a 14 year old.
  • Who his first sponsor was and the difficulty of making sales calls as a high school student.
  • The process of landing the Globetrotters gig.
  • The weirdness of auditioning in front of other people.
  • Highlights of traveling to 22 countries and counting.
  • Working with translators for a global audience.
  • The response from non-traditional basketball cities.
  • Losing his luggage and having to do four games with only two sets of clothes.
  • Comparing gigs in small towns with gigs in the big city.
  • The worst hotel he’s ever stayed in.
  • Staying in a six star hotel.
  • Keeping his voice healthy when doing 150 games in 160 days.
  • Camaraderie with the team.
  • Following the ball with all the sleight of hand during Globetrotters game.
  • Balancing personal life with the demanding travel schedule.
  • What he ate for 14 days in a row in France.
  • Finding work in the off season in Pittsburgh.
  • Celebrities he’s met at games.
  • Being an extra in a movie.
  • Broadcaster horror stories.
  • His favorite broadcasters to listen to on off days.

And much more!

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