Penguins Announcer Launching Program For Aspiring Broadcasters
Penguins TV broadcaster Steve Mears is "launching a program that will help others" reach their goals of becoming sports broadcasters, according to Jason Mackey of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The program will be called "Future Voices of the Booth," and is "basically a job-shadowing program started and shepherded by Mears himself." Through an application on Mears' website, "broadcasting students of any age can apply." The experience includes "two game tickets, which Mears will provide, plus a tour of the broadcast booth and plenty of shop talk." In the program's first year, Mears "hopes to find 20 worthy applicants," though he is "open to adding more if the program turns out to be a success." Mears "has the Penguins' support" with the idea, as the team will "promote the program as much as possible and potentially try to enhance the visits by those who are chosen." Penguins VP/Communications Tom McMillan: "This is an unbelievable program created by Steve to reach out and connect with aspiring young broadcasters. Chances are he'll find out in 10 or 15 years that one of these kids is doing NHL play-by-play, and he will have been the inspiration" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/3).