Greg Toland: 3 things

Greg Toland is the weekend sports anchor at Channel 7. Greg joined WJLA-TV in October of 2000. He previously worked as the weekend sports anchor at WPGH-TV, the FOX affiliate in Pittsburgh.
Before that, Greg was the sports director at WBTW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Florence, S.C. In 1998, he was chosen the state’s sportscaster of the year. He also won the AP award for best sports story that year. Then two years later, he won the AP award for best sports story in Pennsylvania.
Greg is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland. He majored in Radio, Television and Film.

GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Greg’s presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Thursday Feb. 28 No exceptions!

DON’T FORGET your questions for USA Today sports writer Jeff Zillgitt for Thursday.

40 Responses to “Greg Toland: 3 things”

  1.   Josh Says:

    Three things I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. The number one thing needed to get a job in television is a video resume tape.

    2. Be yourself when you’re broadcasting.

    3. Having an agent can really help you land a job.

    4. An extra: Inject opinions in your sports broadcast when you really have something to say.

  2.   ssokler Says:

    1. To get a television job, you need a resume video. It should contain multiple short clips that show you off.

    2. To be successful on television, you have to have “pop.” I think that means you have to have a personality that pops out of the screen.

    3. You need to work with a producer who keeps you up to date on what is going on and helps you decide what you need to cover that day.

  3.   elliot Says:

    The three important things I learned from Greg Toland were:

    1. When being a sports anchor, or even just a broadcaster in general, act and speak as though you are saying it to a friend or someone who you are comfortable with. Be yourself, don’t be too extreme.

    2. Make sure that in the field of sports broadcasting you “manage up”. This is, make sure you know how to work with your boss.

    2. Have a resume video prepared when applying for a job.

  4.   Brittany Says:

    I really enjoyed Greg Toland in class on Tuesday. Here are three things I learned from him:

    1. It is very important to have a video resume, especially if you’re interested in broadcasting.

    2. I thought he made an interesting point about how ESPN has created a problem for local sports reporting seeing as local stations have a very limited amount of time to report sports.

    3. About the different ways stations communicate with eachother between blackberrys and internet as well as the sources they have in different arenas they are covering teams.

  5.   Phil Murphy Says:

    Three things I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. Be flexible. Recognize that the end justifies the means if you have to accept less-than-admirable jobs to get to your ultimate destination.

    2. Be yourself. This is my biggest shortcoming in broadcasting. A lot of times I fake it and its transparent.

    3. Much like high school athletic recruits, aspiring broadcasters need a highlight tape. Toland stressed the paramount importance of having a ‘video resume.’

  6.   Robert Says:

    What I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. To get a job in the sports broadcasting industry, a video resume is needed.

    2. ESPN contributed to the decrease in time sports receives on local news broadcasts.

    3. When using opinions in a broadcast, you should feel strongly about the subject.

  7.   Dechele Says:

    The three things I learned from Greg Toland were:

    1) A video resume is very crucial to get a job.

    2) Take your time and practice when broadcasting.

    3) When injecting your opinion do not do it just to do it, do it because you feel strongly about your opinion.

  8.   Jeremy Says:

    Three things i learned from Greg Toland:

    1. If an athlete doesn’t want to answer a question, you may be able to get them to answer it indirectly by rephrasing the question.

    2. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style. It will be obvious what you’re doing and it won’t be well received.

    3. ESPN, though it may be a great and expansive network, leaves plenty of room for other reporting.


  9.   ambar Says:

    Three things I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. You need to be yourself on camera. Don’t try to be anyone like anybody else.

    2. Make sure you have a resume tape by the time you graduate. This will save you a lot of time when you look for a job.

    3. When you do broadcast reporting, make sure you write your script as if you are talking to a friend. This makes your story easier to follow for your viewers.

  10.   Nadia Says:

    I was unable to make it to class because I was sick but judging by comments the three things I think I would have learned are:

    1. Be yourself when your broadcasting

    2. Have a video resume

    3. Take your time and practice when you’re broadcasting

  11.   Dylan Cavalheri-Gaiteri Says:

    3 things I learned from Greg Toland

    1. Have a video resume

    2. Don’t fabricate a personality when you’re on air

    3. Start small

  12.   Will Says:

    Greg Toland Three Things:

    1. ESPN makes it tough for local sports broadcasts to cover local events.

    2.Be yourself, don’t try to imitate people you see on TV when trying to get a job.

    3. There are usually extra bits prepared ahead of time in the event of a slow news day.

  13.   matt Says:

    1. The most important thing I learned froam Greg is on the air you need to be yourself
    2. I learned what he goes through once he finds out news, which ironically he did in our class
    3. I learned that to be succesful on TV you need a certain type of personality that “pops,” on the screen.

  14.   Latonya Says:

    Greg Toland was captivating! I really enjoyed his presentation.

    1. Those who want to get involved in sports broadcasting should have a sports video tape made as soon as possible. Without it you may not even get your foot in the door.

    2. To get a job check websites such as, call television stations to check openings and just be yourself! Imitating others will not get you the job.

    3. Most nights the sports only get 45-50 seconds to air their material.

  15.   Carlos Says:

    Three things I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. Be yourself when on camera. Don’t try to imitate anyone else, and try to say things as you would to a friend, without overusing slang terms. You either have the appeal, and light up the camera, or you don’t. Although, practice makes you better.

    2. To get a job out of college, you need a tape of yourself broadcasting so that you can send to producers, who might hire you if they like what they see.

    3. Include your opinion if you feel strongly about it, and if you can back it up with good claims.

  16.   stephen ball Says:

    Three things I learned from Greg Toland:

    1. The importance of a Blackberry
    2. How sports anchors deal with late breaking news.
    3, Having an agent helps. A lot.

  17.   Mike Coppinger Says:

    1. Don’t try to imitate anyone! Be yourself! Use your voice.

    2. Inject opinions when you really feel strongly and you can back it up.

    3. Make a demo tape. It is necessary to get a job interview.

  18.   Eric Says:

    Three things:

    1. Be yourself in broadcasting.

    2. If you choose to use opinions in broadcasting, then you must feel strongly about the topic at hand and be able to back it up.

    3. Time and practice are tools for success.

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