Arrived in Pittsburgh at age 28 and still going strong

Stan Savran entered this world as Stanley George Savransky on Feb. 25, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. Yes, that Cleveland, Ohio.

The broadcasting icon worked for the old KBL, then Fox Sports Pittsburgh, hosted “Sportsbeat” with Guy Junker for over 17 years…who can forget, “Stan, Guy, Love the Show!” When the show was canceled in 2009, it went down as the longest running sports show in Pittsburgh television history.

But the beat never stops for Savran. He remains on television in a number of capacities, hosting the Mike Tomlin Press Conference, the Mike Tomlin Show, and airs his opinions each weekday from noon to 2 p.m. on ESPN Pittsburgh (970-AM).

Prior to writing this story, the first thing that hit me was that he was born and raised in…Cleveland. One of Pittsburgh’s most despised and passionate rivals, though I believe Baltimore is the team and city we here hate the most these days.

After a hearty laugh about that tidbit of sports history, Stan told me, “When I came out of college, I had worked in a few different places. I worked in places such as Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland not too far from where I grew up. Even though I was young, at that point I’d also had a pretty extensive career. I did Ohio State University football play-by-play when I was 24. I worked in Oklahoma for a year and a half and I worked in Orlando for three years. Even though those jobs didn’t pay a lot, they were good for me developmentally. For example, take Oklahoma. I had to do disc jockey work, I had to sell advertising, I had to read the news and I had to do sports, high school football and basketball play-by-play. I even did some baseball. This was not during the depression, this was in 1969. When I worked in Willoughby, I made $70 a week. When I went to Oklahoma, I made $100 a week.

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