WKBN in Youngstown Names Josh Frketic '11 Morning News Anchor Alumni Profile
Meet Josh Frketic '11
- Job Title & Employer
- Morning Anchor, WKBN
- Broadcast Reporting
- East McKeesport, Pa.
- Now Living In
- Austintown, Ohio
"My broadcasting degree is more than a degree. If I only had the degree, then I would not be where I am today. It is really what the University provides more than anything, and that is an opportunity to do great things."
Highlight your key responsibilities at WKBN and what you enjoy most about your new role as a news anchor.
In my current role, I anchor our morning show from 5-9 a.m. on WKBN and Fox Youngstown. Prior to hitting the desk, I assist in the newsgathering process early in the morning, writing stories and editing video. What I like about my new role is that I get to help the residents of our Valley wake up and get their day started.
How has your broadcasting degree helped you in your career?
My broadcasting degree from Point Park University has helped a lot, but it's more than just a degree. If I only had the degree, then I would not be where I am today. It is really what the University provides more than anything, and that is an opportunity to do great things.
You have to take advantage of every opportunity and run with it. Don't sit around in your dorm room and get by with class work. Get out and gain experience to build your resume the right way.
Why is it an exciting time for students to pursue a career in broadcasting?
It is an exciting time to get into broadcasting right now for the same reason it always has been, which is the ability and privilege to tell people's stories. We have a very important role to play within our community and to be able to make a difference in people's lives and in the community.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Have an open mind and never stop working at improving your skills every day. Hard work pays off.
What was it like living and learning in Downtown Pittsburgh as a student?
Living in Downtown Pittsburgh was amazing. It was an interesting time when I was there from 2007-11. You could really start to see the development and the growth of the bustling city. You have so many options from taking a short walk to Market Square, Station Square, Point State Park and the North Side. And there's always places to visit by taking a short bus or car ride. It is certainly a unique campus and one that I fell in love with (and still am) the moment I stepped on campus.
What was one of your favorite experiences at Point Park and why?
I have several. Traveling to New York with WPPJ and winning the Best Sports Play-by-Play award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System in 2010. My relationship with the individuals in the athletic department was and still is special. The coaches and administration will be lifelong friends of mine.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you to every teacher, coach and player who has helped me along the way. Don't take anything for granted and always work as hard as you can.