Tuesday, February 2, 2010

So you want to be a sports broadcaster?

Think you might be the next Vin Scully? Or Keith Jackson? Or Joe Buck? Well, if you're a high school student, then here's your chance to learn some tricks of the sports broadcasting trade from three of Pittsburgh most-experienced broadcasters.

Waynesburg University will host a sports announcing camp June 27 through July 1.
Hosted by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, the camp will afford 32 high school students the opportunity to train with well-known professionals.
Students will learn the ins and outs of announcing from Bill Hillgrove, voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt basketball and football; Paul Steigerwald, voice of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Frattare, the long-time broadcaster of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“If you have the desire and dedication, you can become an accomplished sports announcer, but first you need to understand the philosophy and practicality of the business,” Frattare said.

The camp will provide participants a number of hands-on activities, including the play-by-play announcing of a Washington Wild Things game at Consol Energy Park in Washington. Camp events and activities include general sports announcing techniques, radio and TV sports reporting, sports talk, radio and TV play-by-play, sports interviewing and practical announcing exercises.

Frattare, Hillgrove and Steigerwald will also offer individual sessions related to their respective areas of expertise.

The registration fee is $500 and includes meals, housing and camp materials. The registration deadline is May 7. Space is limited and campers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Waynesburg University office of admissions at 800-225-7393.

To register, visit www.waynesburg.edu/sportsannouncingcamp.


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