Episode 80 features David J. Halberstam the owner of sportsbroadcastjournal.com, a website dedicated to in depth journalism covering the sportscasting industry. He’s also the former radio voice of the Miami Heat and St. Johns basketball, and former Executive Vice President of Westwood One. He’s also published two books: New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History as well as The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts. Topics of discussion include:
- When he caught the sportscasting bug and what announcers were major influences on his love of the medium.
- How some brashness and sales ability helped him to get St. Johns University basketball games on the radio and created a play-by-play opportunity calling NCAA DI basketball in the country’s largest market.
- Teaching himself to sell radio and the keys to sales success.
- Why he chose to write a book on the history of New York sports radio.
- How a blind sports radio caller became a major source for his book.
- Why it worked to have a New York accent while broadcasting in Miami.
- How secure is the future of sports radio?
- Getting confused for Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Halberstam.
- How he made sure his family wasn’t confused when the other David Halberstam tragically passed away.
- Growing up the son of a holocaust survivor.
- His favorite broadcasters to listen to on an off day.
- The inspiration to start a journalistic website covering sportscasting with sportsbroadcastjournal.com
And much more!