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NHL on NBC broadcaster to speak at Point Park

Written By Robert Berger, Staff Writer

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The Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing will welcome NBC’s Mike “Doc” Emrick to the JVH auditorium Nov. 3 to speak to students about his sports broadcasting career.

“Doc really likes Point Park…Tom McMillan has a good connection with him through the Penguins and he said for the past couple of years he’d love to come and speak to students,” said Kelsey Veydt, graduate assistant for the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing.

Emrick began his broadcasting career 43 years ago in 1973 where he called International Hockey League games for the Port Huron Flags. He eventually went on to work for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils for 18 years. In 2011, he took his current position at NBC and NBC Sports as the lead hockey play-by-play announcer.

Emrick holds a number of accolades in sports broadcasting. In 2011 he was awarded his first Emmy, and has since won three more. His most recent award came this past May for Outstanding Sports Personality in play-by-play.  Emrick also became the first sports broadcaster to be inducted in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011. Along with calling hockey, he is known for his coverage with NBC of both the summer and winter Olympics.

This will be Emrick’s second time visiting Point Park. In March of 2012, Emrick spoke to students about broadcasting in the Student Center.

“I think it’s great Point Park brings people like Emrick to campus,” said sophomore broadcast management and production major Nick Kasisky. “As a hockey fan, it will be cool to see someone I’ve watched for years come talk to students.”

Emrick is known to be a fan of the city and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2012, he participated in the Pirates fantasy camp in Bradenton, Fla. This past March, he joined Pittsburgh broadcasters Greg Brown and John Wehner in the booth during a Pirates spring training game.

This time around, Emrick has a full day scheduled at the university. He will speak to a SAEM class and an on-camera class in the morning. The event in the JVH will then be held at 1 p.m. for all students to attend. Following the discussion, Emrick will be shown around the Center for Media Innovation (CMI) and will be interviewed by broadcast students.

Sophomore broadcast reporting major Taylor Celich is excited to hear Emrick speak.

“He’s an icon in the broadcast field, it’s awesome to have people like him come and I’ll definitely learn something from listening to him,” Celich said.

The Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing was co-founded six years ago by Point Park alumni Tom McMillan and Mike Fetchko. McMillan is the current VP of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Fetchko is President and Co-founder of International Sports Management (ISM-USA). Their goal for the center is to bring real-life professionals to Point Park to speak to students about working in their profession. The Center also gives students opportunities such as touring the ROOT Sports building and sending students to the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Other guests brought to Point Park this semester include David Flora of the PGA, Fred McLeod of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Eames of ESPN.

This is the third and final event hosted by the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing this semester.

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