Build a Clear Path to Your Sportscasting Dream

Techniques to Succeed

Learn the play-by-play and sports radio skills you need to get your first job.

Demo & Resume

Build the tools you need to apply for sportscasting jobs.

Job Market Assistance

Win the job market with a 1-year membership at Sportscasters Talent Agency of America after your semester concludes.

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What is STAA University?

Many people dream of waking up every morning, excited to go to work at a job in sports broadcasting. But how do you get the dream?

We know how hard it is to take a big risk on a career in sportscasting and we’ve helped hundreds of sports broadcasters achieve success in getting dream jobs.

STAA University is an online course taught by Jon Chelesnik, CEO of Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.

During the 11-week semester of STAAU you’ll learn the on-air skills and job market savvy that will help you fulfill your dream to work in sportscasting.

By the end of the course you’ll have a demo and resume, and be taking the first steps down the career path that you want. You can do this, and STAA University can show you how.

What Others Are Saying

These sportscasters have taken full semester courses taught by STAA University's Jon Chelesnik:

STAA University has been a good experience for me because the lessons provided a simple, step-by-step way to learn. The group discussions and critiques were informative and eye-opening.

Anthony Natale

York, PA

I was considering grad school. With STAA I felt I could gain a strong sports broadcast foundation in working with [Jon Chelesnik] on a weekly basis. I came away from our sessions with a very strong foundation to build upon. STAA gave me a working knowledge and a preparation for what I would face with my different sports broadcasting jobs.

Graham Doty

Play-by-Play Broadcaster
University of Mississippi
Women's Basketball

Learn the basics that will never stop benefiting you. Jon's wisdom transcends sportscasting. His lessons about being on the mic, but also about how to live life, have been a guiding force of my career.

Nathan Barnett

Play-by-Play Broadcaster
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Chicago Cubs Class-A)

You will have a strong foundation as a sports broadcaster. Jon’s classes will guide you through a variety of sportscasting skills, from studio work to play-by-play.

Jordan Carruth

Anchor, Producer, Host, Play-by-Play Broadcaster
The Mighty 1090
San Diego, CA

Your Sportscasting Professor

Jon Chelesnik

  • ESPN Radio Network Host, 1999 – 2003
  • Play-by-play experience in college and pro sports
  • CEO of Sportscasters Talent Agency of America
  • Board Member, National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association
  • 8 years teaching sports broadcasting at Palomar College near San Diego
  • More than 10 years as a sports broadcasting coach

Your STAAU instructor is former ESPN Radio Network host Jon Chelesnik. Jon brings a truly unique set of credentials to the table that few sports broadcasting instructors across the country can match.

Jon has lived sportscasting, taught sportscasting and speaks daily to sports broadcasting employers about what they are looking for when hiring talent. Everything he has learned over more than 25 years, he shares with you in STAA University.

Jon is someone who has been where you want to go, he has experience teaching aspiring sportscasters like you how to get there, and has been helping sportscasters gain employment since 2006. Jon knows the employers for whom you want to work and will show you what you need to do to grab their attention.

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What Makes STAA University Different?

Since starting STAA in 2006, I have met dozens of aspiring sportscasters who have come through broadcasting schools and mentorship programs.

Precious few of them ever went on to work on air in sports broadcasting. They are left with debt and regret.

Where the trade schools and mentorship programs come up short is in providing instruction from people who have excelled in sports broadcasting, who have worked in more than one genre of sportscasting, and who have experience teaching sports broadcasting. The demos that these graduates take into the job market are sorely lacking the quality, content and composition that sports broadcasting employers need to hear.

STAAU tackles every last one of these short-comings. Our program is both better, and more affordable.

Jon Chelesnik
CEO of STAA and STAAU Instructor

How Does STAA University Work?

The 2016 semester of STAAU begins August 25th and runs through November 3rd.


Each of the 11 weeks of the course starts with an instructional video that you can watch at your convenience and at your pace.


For homework each week, you will practice and record a specific sports broadcasting skill. Repeat the assignments as many times as you wish – the more the better. These assignments will ultimately comprise the demo you take into the job market at the end of the semester.


Each of the 11 weeks ends with a live, interactive, 90-minute videoconference where we answer questions, review homework assignments, and exchange ideas.

Take Your New Skills Into the Sportscasting Job Market

OK. You've finished your semester at STAA University, what now?

Trying to land your first job might be even more anxiety-inducing than taking the leap to get your sportscasting education.

You don't have to worry.

We'll be there to help you get that first job

After you complete the 11-week digital course, you'll begin a 1-year membership at Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Including:

  • A digital home for your new demo and resume via your Talent Page.
  • Job Leads straight to your inbox.
  • Unlimited career consulting and planning with Jon.
  • Access to exclusive content, including additional educational material.
  • even more services and resources.

What's My Investment?

STAA University is unmatched in value. Broadcasting mentorship programs start at $7,000. A broadcasting trade school will run as much as $12,000. Ouch.

2016 enrollment is now closed.

Single Payment

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  • 11-weeks of on-demand classes
  • Weekly live group sessions
  • Homework evaluation
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Access to online training and community
  • 1 year of job placement assistance


Payment Plan

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  • 11-weeks of on-demand classes
  • Weekly live group sessions
  • Homework evaluation
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Access to online training and community
  • 1 year of job placement assistance


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?

STAA University is for future sports broadcasters, specifically those with the dream and desire but without the means to get the necessary education and internships. Whether you want to switch careers or you've decided 4 years of school isn't right for you, you'll gain the tools and confidence to chase your dream at STAA University.

When does the semester begin?

The Fall 2016 semester runs August 25 – November 3, 2016.

Where is STAA University?

Right in your living room! Or anywhere else you have a computer and internet connection. All of our classes and group sessions will be based at our online campus, built specifically to help you learn and network with your classmates, the agency, and sports broadcasting professionals.

What do I need to participate in this course?

You’ll need a computer with a webcam, a digital audio recorder, and a strong work ethic. You will get out of this course what you put into it.

What time will classes be held?

STAAU's weekly classes will be available to you on-demand. You'll be able to work through each week's material at your own pace, when it's most convenient for your schedule. Weekly live group sessions will be held via video conference on Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9 p.m. EST.