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Official radio station of Point Park basketball voted best play-by-play in the nation

March 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH – The official radio station of Point Park University men’s and women’s basketball received the award for best play-by-play in the nation at the 70th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference in New York City last week.

WPPJ-AM 670, the student radio station that broadcast 45 Point Park basketball games this past season, received the award for Best Sports Play-by-Play in the College Station category of the IBS’s awards.

There were only three sports-related awards given out in the College Station category. Other sports awards included Best Sports Talk Program and Best Sports Update.

Josh Frketic, a junior broadcasting major from East McKeesport, Pa., is the sports director of WPPJ, and he was on hand to accept the award in New York. Frketic is the play-by-play man for Point Park men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts, and he has been on the basketball broadcast crew all three years of his college career.

WPPJ radio awards

AWARD WINNERS: Josh Frketic (pictured above, right) accepted the award for Best Sports Play-by-Play on behalf of WPPJ Sports at the 70th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference in New York City last week. Pictured with Frketic are David Fabilli (center), associate professor of broadcasting at Point Park and WPPJ advisor, and Anthony Costulas (left), a Point Park student who received the award for Best Feature News Package on behalf of WPPJ.

Frketic is a graduate of East Allegheny High School, and he is also a member of the Point Park men’s golf team.

Candidates are permitted to submit up to five broadcasts for each award. Point Park’s winning entry was from the broadcast of the men’s basketball victory over Daemen (N.Y.) on Jan. 23. The Pioneers won that game, 73-72, when senior guard Marcus Robinson made a free throw with 2.5 seconds left to give Point Park the win.

Frketic was joined on the award-winning broadcast as he was all season long by color commentator Aaron Cooney, a broadcasting major from Bethel Park, Pa.

Kevin Calhoun, a sophomore broadcasting major from Connecticut, was the color commentator for each of the Point Park women’s basketball broadcasts this past season.

The play-by-play of the winning entry included the broadcasters describing how Point Park erased a 72-68 deficit the final 58 seconds. The Pioneers scored the final five points of the game to win. Exciting moments in the final minute included a 3-pointer by Jamar Washington to cut the lead to 72-71 and two steals by Marcus Robinson.

After Robinson’s first steal, he hit a free to tie the game at 72-72. On Daemen’s next trip, Robinson made another theft, and after being fouled in transition, he made 1 of 2 foul shots for the victory.

A total of 45 Point Park basketball games were broadcast live on the student station WPPJ AM-670 this past season. That total included 23 women’s games and 22 men’s games. Every American Mideast Conference game was broadcast for both teams.

Every one of WPPJ-AM’s broadcasts was simulcast live on internet radio via the MSA Sports Network. The MSA Sports Network has archived all games. A link to the winning entry is available below. A written recap of the win over Daemen is also posted below.

WPPJ logo

Broadcast of Daemen at Point Park (Jan. 23, 2010)

Written recap of Daemen at Point Park (Jan. 23, 2010)

WPPJ Radio is Point Park University’s student-run radio station in Pittsburgh, PA. WPPJ serves to provide a co-curricular activity for students at Point Park University with an interest in radio, news, sports, contemporary/popular music, media sales and promotions. WPPJ also serves as a training facility for students of any major who desire a career in professional broadcasting. Thirdly, it provides a medium of intra-University communications.

WPPJ also took home a news-related award at the IBS Conference. Point Park student and WPPJ staff member Anthony Costulas received the award for Best Feature News Package.

Frketic, Costulas and several other WPPJ students were accompanied by Point Park associate professor David Fabilli on the trip to New York. Fabilli is a professor of broadcasting and the advisor for WPPJ.