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Bill Hillgrove
Bill Hillgrove

Veteran Pittsburgh broadcasters brought their sports industry expertise to the Center for Sports Media and Marketing's Voices of Pittsburgh Sports event Nov. 19 on Point Park's campus.

School of Communication and School of Business students heard from the following play-by-play announcers:

Telling stories from their careers, the broadcasters covered a variety of topics ranging from how they landed their first job and how play-by-play differs from other forms of broadcasting to what a typical day is like and much more.

Greg Brown
Greg Brown

"Play-by-play announcing is instant. You have to be prepared, but it's still ad lib and of the moment," said Hillgrove. "I always look at a game as getting on a magic carpet; it takes you for a ride."

Here's what students had to say about Voices of Pittsburgh Sports:

  • "I've been looking forward to this event all semester. It was great to see students so engaged. This was a very unique opportunity to hear from all three voices so familiar to me," Kelsey Veydt, M.B.A. student
  • "I've listened to these guys on the radio and on television for as long as I can remember. Getting professional advice and hearing their stories was incredible. This business is so different than any other; you have to put in hard work to be successful," Joshua Croup, sophomore
    broadcast reporting major
Paul Steigerwald
Paul Steigerwald
  • "The main message I took away was not to rush things in your career. The speakers stressed the importance of taking advantage of opportunities as they become available and to learn from them. I hope to work in the sports industry in the future and I really enjoyed this opportunity," Rebekah Mohrmann, sophomore sports, arts and entertainment management major
  • "The key message I took away from this event is that landing your dream job is a process. You have to work hard and don't expect to make it to the big leagues right out of college," Robert Gomez, freshman double majoring in broadcast production and media management and broadcast reporting

Students interested in attending upcoming events are encouraged to follow the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing on Facebook and Twitter.

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