The Tao of Vin Scully VIII: Nick Nickson

As a professional play-by-play man, what can you learn about your craft simply by listening to Vin Scully today?

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== Nick Nickson (linked here), the Kings’ radio play-by-play man the last 21 years:

“I’ve only been able to listen to Vin during the last half of his career — since 1981, since I’m from back East. But one of the traits I’ve admired about his broadcasts is that his timing is impeccable. He’s able to balance his incomparable storytelling with his call of the game or event and not have one interfere with the other.

“Based on my 35 years in broadcasting, having the ability to do this doesn’t come easily. When you’re young and inexperienced, your focus is on the game itself and making sure you cover all the bases regarding the game. After you reach a comfort level in your career perhaps you start to branch out and add other elements that make the game even more enjoyable to the listener. My advice in this regard to aspiring broadcasters would be to try to strive and accomplish this balance. Listening to Vin gives one a wonderful template to draw from.

“What also stands out has been his ability to portray his enthusiam and passion for what he does after all the years he’s been in the booth. Perhaps his abilty to alter the way he’s done the games — maybe even increasing his storytelling — has kept him fresh and energized.”

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