(Part 2 of a two-part series)
In July 2009, there were players on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster with names like: Trai Essex, Willie Colon, Doug Legursky and Aaron Smith. All have long since departed from the Steelers. At the same time, the voice of Stan Savran was in jeopardy of departing from the Pittsburgh sportscasting scene as well.
Longtime Pittsburgh sportscaster Stan Savran speaks his mind in candid New Pittsburgh Courier interview, including thoughts on the 2009 cancellation of his popular sports show, his health issues, and how much longer he wants to play on Pittsburgh’s sports media fieldThe only indicator of any fireworks that the Steel City had experienced during the beginning of an otherwise uneventful month was a slight fog that may have been lingering from the pyrotechnic displays celebrating the Fourth of July. But a separate set of fireworks were soon going to be ignited by an unforeseen shakeup in the Pittsburgh sportscasting universe.
The date was July 7, 2009. “Savran on Sportsbeat” was cancelled by FSN Pittsburgh and Savran’s future with the station was up in the air. Savran’s vivid recollection cut through the fog of his firing on that fateful day with clarity and honesty. When I inquired to Savran about his emotional state on the day that the show was cancelled he said, “I was devastated.”
He repeated it again, almost as to make sure that his point was made: “I was devastated. A lot of people who may have been a little bit younger may have forgotten or may have not realized that I was at Channel 4 (WTAE) doing sports on the 11 o’clock news for 11 years. Some people may have also forgotten that I had done the Steelers on TV for five seasons. Whenever I go, and I mean go, not retire, I think most people know me and will remember me from my time on Sportsbeat. The thing that struck me, Aubrey, was that it seemed so unnecessary.”