Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting Welcoms Chris Shovlin
MIDLAND, Pa. – Chris Shovlin has lent his voice to dozens of sports teams and hundreds of games broadcast on radio and TV in western Pennsylvania. On Thursday, Jan. 20, he’ll lend his voice to aspiring young sports broadcasters across the state through a unique online class.
Shovlin will be the virtual guest speaker for the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting course, a unique two-semester program of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School which introduces high school students to current practices in and the history of print, radio, television, and online sports journalism.
Shovlin, radio personality since 1991 on radio station WJAS, is the long-time radio voice of the Robert Morris University basketball and football teams, the lead play-by-play voice on Comcast TV in the Pittsburgh region for high school football and basketball games and for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds pro soccer team, and he can be seen calling Pittsburgh Passion women’s pro football games on Fox Sports Network in Pittsburgh. Shovlin was a fixture on the WJAS morning show from 1991 until 2008. He now hosts his very own program from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on 1320 WJAS.
"Having Chris join our class as part of the Academy's Guest Speaker Series is special on a number of fronts,” said Ellis Cannon. “First, Chris is acknowledged throughout the business as an outstanding professional in every respect. Second, because of his background, he will be able to offer insight into many areas for the class, underscoring our classroom discussion. In particular, his play-by-play and broadcast perspective will be especially instructive.
“Chris and I share the same hometown – Midland, Pa. - and literally grew up in the same community and with the same values,” said Cannon, noting that Shovlin’s late father, William F. “Bill” Shovlin, served as mayor of Midland for 16 years. “I have always personally enjoyed spending time with Chris, and his family has always been second to none. Finally, I had the privilege of working with - and learning from - Chris this past season in the Comcast High School Football Game of the Week. Chris served as the play-by-play man and I was the sideline reporter.”
Shovlin serves as Renda Broadcasting Corporation Pittsburgh’s director of marketing and promotion, a position he has held since 1995 at all three Pittsburgh stations (WISH 99.7 and Money Talk WMNY are the others). He originally came to RBC as the morning sports anchor on WISH 99.7 in 1991 and soon became news and sports anchor and morning show sidekick to both Jack Wheeler and later Jack Bogut on 1320 WJAS.
He began his career at WBZY-AM in New Castle and worked at WMBA-AM in Ambridge. He then moved to WBVP-AM in Beaver Falls and rose through the ranks to become vice-president and general manager of WBVP and its sister station WWKS-FM before coming to Renda Broadcasting in Pittsburgh. He and his wife Odette have two daughters; Kylie and Krista, and reside in Brighton Township, Beaver County. He is a member and past president of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School Board of Directors.
Chris Shovlin was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2008, he became the first radio announcer to win three Pittsburgh March of Dimes A.I.R. Awards in three different sports.
A former trial lawyer, Cannon has been a sports broadcaster and publisher for more than a decade, becoming one of the region’s most respected, knowledgeable and entertaining sports personalities with an instantly recognizable voice and delivery. Cannon has appeared extensively on local and national television providing analysis on sports and sports law topics, and served as a broadcast member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Network. He is publisher of Pittsburgh Sports Report and KidSPORTS Magazine, and hosts PCNC’s NightTalk weeknight television show.
This is the inaugural year of the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting program, believed to be the only one of its type in the nation. It is available to students enrolled in either PA Cyber or the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.
Marc Grandinetti is assistant director for the Ellis Cannon Academy.
PA Cyber is a tuition-free, online public school open to all Pennsylvania students in grades K4-12. The largest cyber charter school in the state with over 10,000 students enrolled, PA Cyber has met all performance targets of AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the last two years and in 2010 received a five-year renewal of its charter. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is located in Midland, Pa., and has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The website is www.pacyber.org.