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Stan Savran Memorialized by Pittsburgh Sports World

“He was a gentleman in every way possible, and he did so much for our city and Western Pennsylvania with his honest candor and knowledge of all sports.”

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Stan Savran, one of the hallmarks of sports media in the city of Pittsburgh, passed away at the age of 76. He had been battling lung cancer and diabetes, and leaves an indelible legacy in the Steel City and beyond. The area’s professional sports teams – the Penguins; Pirates and Steelers – all offered condolences to Savran’s family, as did various personalities and fans in the locale.

“Today is a sad day in the city of Pittsburgh as we lost a legendary person, media icon and close friend with the passing of Stan Savran,” Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “He was a gentleman in every way possible, and he did so much for our city and Western Pennsylvania with his honest candor and knowledge of all sports.”

Savran was known for his time hosting Sportsbeat with Guy Junker on Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh, a studio program featuring interviews with sports figures in the city. Junker was moved off the show in 2003. Savran ended up hosting the show solo for the remainder of its duration, bringing his conversational yet perceptive style to consumers across the city while aggrandizing the zeitgeist.

“Stan’s blatantly honest, almost to a fault,” Junker said in 2009. “He’s made as many enemies as he has friends. That doesn’t always make him popular, but people respect him.”

Once the show was canceled in July 2009, Savran became the host for pregame coverage of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates, along with the host of the Steelers’ coach show on the regional sports network. Savran was also a sports radio host on various different stations – most recently 970 ESPN Pittsburgh – and appealed to listeners both as a solo host and partner with Junker from 2008 until 2010.

“Stan poured his heart into covering Pittsburgh sports,” Pittsburgh Penguins chairman Bob Nutting said in a statement. “No one was more knowledgeable, more fair or more honest. He was a true professional who was universally respected for his journalistic integrity. Stan was [a] Pittsburgh sports legend whose legacy will live on within the hearts of all Pittsburgh sports fans and all of us who knew him. He will be missed.”

The commentary style of Savran was rooted in journalistic ethos, always adhering to the standards of objectivity and ethical conduct. He was responsible for divulging Mario Lemieux’s plan to make a comeback to the National Hockey League, reinvigorating the Penguins fanbase.

“Stan Savran, Pittsburgh broadcasting legend, delivered some of the best announcements in Penguins history,” the team said in a statement. “He was a friend and a true professional at his craft. As long-time listeners who loved the show, we will miss you, Stan.”

Various broadcasters from the world of sports media promulgated their memories of Savran and the enduring impact he has had on Pittsburgh sports and in the city as a whole on social media. The hashtag “RIP Stan Savran” was trending on Twitter across Pennsylvania on Monday, and users browsed the outlet in a cathartic manner to reminisce on the loss of a sports media professional pivotal in developing the industry as it is known today. 

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iHeartMedia Extends with Pittsburgh Steelers Through 2028 Season

“We teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

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iHeartMedia Pittsburgh announced an extension of their audio partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will now include the newly established “Steelers Audio Network” through 2028.

The “Steelers Audio Network” will offer a wide range of content, including game day broadcasts, additional shows, digital audio, podcasts, and social media posts. Fans can access the “Steelers Audio Network” and its programming throughout the year on various platforms such as 102.5 WDVE, Fox Sports Pittsburgh (970AM), the Steelers mobile app, the iHeartRadio mobile app, as well as on the team and station’s websites.

Additionally, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of the Steelers game broadcasts, as they have done since 1999.

“We are excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing partnership with iHeart Media and our flagship station, 102.5 WDVE,” said Ryan Huzjak, Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a release. “We’ve teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “Our renewed agreement, now known as ‘Steelers Audio Network’ encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we’re excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together!”

“iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership,” said Tim McAleer, Market President, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come.”

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Nick Cattles To Fill In on 98.5 The Sports Hub

“No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

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Nick Cattles, who was last heard on the air at the end of June 2023 at Sactown Sports 1140 in Sacramento and has been hosting podcasts, will get a chance to fill in Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. Cattles posted about the assignment on his LinkedIn account.

“The wait is over,” he wrote. “It’s been almost a year since the last time I walked into a radio studio. I’m back. This Monday morning from 6a-10am, you can listen to myself, Ryan Johnston, and Kendra Middleton on 98-5 The Sports Hub. No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

Cattles was part of the Cattles and Ramie show in Sacramento and upon leaving said, “It’s just, we love our family more. Since moving to Cali, we’ve had to overcome a lot personally. Those challenges have been amplified the last two months. It’s no longer tolerable to be 3,000 miles away. Once we settle the home situation, we’re heading back.” He had started with Sactown Sports in 2021 and also had the program director title for a period of time.

Cattles worked at The Sports Hub from in 2017 and 2018, taking part in The Adam Jones Show in the evenings and hosting on the weekends. Cattles had other stints in Boston, Virginia and with ESPN Radio.

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Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael Celebrate 5 Years Together on 92.9 The Game

“To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.”

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It was a milestone week for Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael, hosts of 92.9 The Game’s The Midday Show with Andy & Randy in Atlanta. It was this week five years ago they permanently took over the midday slot replacing John Michaels and Rick Kamla who had been released earlier that year.

The show celebrated on remote at a party with several listeners, friends and family members and spent time talking about their time together. “People listening right now, thank you, we appreciate that,” said Bunker. “We wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t listening and if you hadn’t been listening the last five years…Making it five years on a radio show is not normal. I know it seems normal at 92.9 because we are a radio station that has a lot of stability. Dukes and Bell have been on for 10 years. The morning show that’s on right now is doing great, and the show before them was on for a lot of years.”

Bunker later added, “To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.” McMichael replied, “It has been a fun five years.”

Bunker had been hosting the evening show for three years prior to partnering with McMichael, and had previously been in sports radio in Seattle, Portland and Boston. McMichael had been with the station for about four years at the time, after an 11-year career in the NFL. Prior to that he was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.

The show amassed an 8.3 share for the most recent quarter, retaining their fourth place ranking it had in the fall. The show airs from 11a-2p EST.

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