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Waynesburg University will host its sixth annual Sports Announcing Camp Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 19, 2015, on the campus of Waynesburg University. The camp is hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The purpose of the camp is to afford high school students the opportunity to learn alongside well-known professionals in the field. The camp will include various workshops throughout the week, where students will be given the opportunity to work hands-on in the field with past and present professionals in the sports announcing industry. 

“The sports announcing camp gives young individuals an opportunity to learn the basics of sports broadcasting,” said Frattare. “It has helped many decide if their interest in the field is strong enough to justify it as a major in college. Those of us who conduct the camp are proud to showcase the Waynesburg University campus and broadcasting program to perspective students.”

Camp teachers and mentors include:

•Lanny Frattare is known as one of the most recognizable personalities and voices in Pittsburgh and major league baseball. He spent 33 years as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast team, before joining the Waynesburg University teaching staff. His stay with the Pirates is the longest of any play-by-play announcer in team history.

•John Steigerwald, now an internet talk show host at www.tribweb.com and a Sunday columnist for the Observer-Reporter, served as a sports anchor with WTAE-TV from 1978 to 1985. He also worked for KDKA-TV as a sports anchor until 2007. His books, “Just Watch the Game” and “Just Watch the Game (Again),” have received great reviews and give a look into his 40-year history in Pittsburgh sports media.

•Paul Steigerwald has recently entered his eighth season as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Root Sports. He spent six seasons as the radio voice of the Penguins and the previous 14 seasons as the color commentator on Penguins TV and radio broadcasts. Steigerwald has worked in the industry since 1979 when his career started with the Johnstown Red Wings.

•Bill Hillgrove serves as the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers football and basketball. Following his lengthy tenure as WTAE sports director, he remains its Steeler Insider. His distinguished career earned him the National Football Foundation's 2007 Chris Schenkel Award. 

According to Frattare, the campers will be given the chance to announce a Washington Wild Things baseball game, conduct radio and television interviews, take part in "talk radio" segments, read a public service announcement and read radio and television sports reports.

“The camp, in my opinion, offers the perfect balance of broadcast theory, practical experience and fun,” said Frattare. “As the former voice of the Pirates, I am inspired each year by the number of young people who have the dream of becoming sports announcers.”

For more information or to register, visit Waynesburg.edu/sportsannouncingcamp. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Tyler-Dapson-photo-for-SAC-blog.jpgBeing a broadcaster takes diligence, preparation and a lot of practicing; you can’t make it in the business if you don’t know the games.

The Waynesburg University broadcasting camp, run by Lanny Frattare, is a wonderfully delightful and easy way to start your career. The camp shows you basics of the business and the basics of how to announce different sports. This experience is an excellent building block.

I know from my experience that I gained a new aspect on how this business works, how much more I can know, and how much preparation is put into each and every single program, whether it is radio play-by-play for the majors or something like a high school football game. No matter what you do, make it look and sound professional, for that portrays a good image of yourself and gives you practice and experience under your belt.

On the topic of being prepared, I began sweating profusely knowing that I had to do baseball play-by-play at the camp, for I knew I didn't know baseball that well, but I knew the basics. I calmed down after I found out that we weren’t going live, that we had a partner, and that, no matter what, the Waynesburg University broadcasting team and my newly made friends had my back.

Speaking of newly made friends, I came to the camp and instantly couldn’t help thinking, “This is going to be super awkward. I won’t get to know many of these people, and I will probably be a loner, or I will be behind in what I know.” That wasn’t the case. The group I went with was great. We all understood that some of us were new, that some people didn’t watch all sports 24/7 and that we would be friends.

Once I got in my room after stepping out of my parents car, I saw that my roommate wasn’t there. At first, I got a little excited because I thought I would have no roommate, but my roommate showed. Hs name was Tanner Widomski, and Tanner and I ended up spending a lot of time hanging out and talking. He was in the same case as I was—he was new in the broadcasting world. So some nights Tanner and I would look over pages and practice together. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better roommate. He and I were just like brothers.

All of us created a relationship with one another. We all talked sports, we all had our favorites, we all had rivals/ teams we hated, yet we all got along. Sometimes there would be heated discussions, yet we all were friends. My favorite thing about this camp was that I can honestly see these guys and girls going out and being broadcasters and announcers. I bet in as little as 10 years one of these kids will be doing the dream, making it happen.

I'd like to thank Lanny Frattare so much for this experience. Thanks, Lanny, for being a great and wonderful role model. Thank you to all the students, staff and professors who joined Lanny.

That’s the Waynesburg experience. It was unbelievable.

-Tyler Dapson
Munnsville, NY

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lanny-Head-Shot.jpgWaynesburg University will host its fifth annual Sports Announcing Camp Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication at Waynesburg University and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the camp will afford high school students the opportunity to learn alongside well-known professionals in the field.

The camp will include various workshops throughout the week, where students will be given the opportunity to work hands-on in the field with past and present professionals in the sports announcing industry.

“As we prepare for the fifth annual sports announcing camp, I am proud of the commitment we have made to offering high school students an opportunity to experience what a career in sports broadcasting is all about,” Frattare said. “Our camp provides an excellent balance of theory, hands-on experience and fun.”

Camp teachers and mentors include:

  • Lanny Frattare is known as one of the most recognizable personalities and voices in Pittsburgh and major league baseball. He spent 33 years as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast team, before joining the Waynesburg University teaching staff. His stay with the Pirates is the longest of any play-by-play announcer in team history.
  • Rob King’s enthusiasm for sports was brought to Pittsburgh in 2000, where he now spends much of his time in the studio and at the games for Root Sports. Prior to his work with Root Sports, he spent five years in Syracuse, where he was the sports director at CBS affiliate WTVH and hosted a radio show on WHEN-AM.
  • John Steigerwald, now an internet talk show host at www.tribweb.com and a Sunday columnist for the Observer-Reporter, served as a sports anchor with WTAE-TV from 1978 to 1985. He also worked for KDKA-TV as a sports anchor until 2007. His books, “Just Watch the Game” and “Just Watch the Game (Again),” have received great reviews and give a look into his 40-year history in Pittsburgh sports media.
  • Paul Steigerwald has recently entered his seventh season as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Root Sports. He spent six seasons as the radio voice of the Penguins and the previous 14 seasons as the color commentator on Penguins TV and radio broadcasts. Steigerwald has worked in the industry since 1979 when his career started with the Johnstown Red Wings.

To register, call 1-800-225-7393 or visit sportsannouncingcamp.waynesburg.edu by April 30. Space is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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