Over the course of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ improbable regular season that has seen the Pirates reach the postseason, a number of Waynesburg University students had the opportunity to work for or with the baseball team that has shocked the nation.
While Lanny Frattare, an assistant professor for the Department of Communication, is known for his 33 years as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a number of other members of Waynesburg University’s community have spent time at PNC Park this season.
On Thursday, Aug. 1, four Waynesburg students all worked the Pittsburgh Pirates’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Senior Kyle Oland, a media relations intern for the Pirates, senior Brandon Reed, a production intern for Root Sports, sophomore Creg Milko, a freelancer with MLB Network and junior Nick Farrell, an intern for SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, worked in different areas of the communications field.
“It screams volumes that four of our students are working with a major league team,” said Frattare. “All four are making Waynesburg University proud, but more important, all four are making themselves proud.”
Farrell, who spent much of his summer reporting on the various Pittsburgh professional sports teams as an intern for SportsRadio 93.7, said he ran into a number of current and former Waynesburg students during his internship.
During these moments, Farrell said he took great pride in knowing his University was producing such talented individuals in the Pittsburgh media market. The Pirates’ game in August stood out in Farrell’s mind as the greatest of those moments.
“I was sitting in the Pirates’ Press Box at PNC Park before the game, and I got a text message from Creg Milko asking if I was at the game,” said Farrell. “I had already known Kyle [Oland] and Brandon [Reed] were working the game, and it was one of those moments where you realize how well everyone from your school is doing.”
Throughout the summer, the four students were able to experience different aspects of working in professional sports while applying skills learned at Waynesburg University.
“To have just one student working for a major company would be impressive for any university,” said Milko, “but to have four students, all working for different media outlets shows why [Waynesburg’s Department of Communication] is one of the most well-rounded programs out there.”
Oland, who received a full-season internship with the Pirates, is still serving as a media relations intern within Pittsburgh’s front office.
The public relations student worked to promote the players and coaches through traditional and social media tactics, while providing members of the local and national media with information about the team on a daily basis. Oland said that his time with the Pirates has been the best experience of his life.
“I can honestly say that had I not attended Waynesburg University, I would not be in the position I am today,” said Oland. “During my four years at Waynesburg, not only have I learned how to be a professional, but I have developed as a leader and a positive representation of what the University hopes its students become.”
Reed, an electronic media major, is currently interning with Roots Sports at its North Shore studios, cutting voice-overs and highlights for the pre-game, post-game and game-break segments of Pirates’ television broadcasts.
Farrell, a sports broadcasting student, gathered pregame and postgame sound bites in the Pirates’ locker room for use on the Pirates Pregame Show and later use on 20/20 Sports Updates.
Milko, a sports broadcasting student, worked as a runner for MLB Network. The sophomore answered to the Operations Producer for that night’s broadcast and was responsible for assisting that night’s announcers with any requests they needed.
“Nick, Kyle, Creg and Brandon have displayed the commitment necessary to be successful,” said Frattare. “I am convinced, after spending four-plus years on the Waynesburg University campus, that a significant number of our students are devoted to working hard and developing their skills. Practice, perseverance and patience are critical for the advancement of a novice communicator and the elevation of said communicator to the ranks of a seasoned professional.”
All four students agreed that for the Department of Communication to have four of its students all working the same game shows the quality of students at Waynesburg.
“From my experiences, it seems like those professionals are beginning to recognize Waynesburg as having one of the best programs around,” said Farrell. “I think that it’s a reflection of the Department’s dedication to providing students opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom.”
Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
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