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Bob Pompeani

Broadcasting ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

Like most boys growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Bob Pompeani dreamed of playing big league sports. He excelled in baseball, basketball, and football, but a heart condition that would require two open heart surgeries sidelined his athletic ambitions. But Bob’s passion for sports led him on a parallel path, with more than 25 years in front of television cameras covering the games he loved so much.

A graduate of Hopewell High School and Point Park University, Bob has received numerous broadcasting awards, including an Emmy for Play by Play, three Golden Quills for outstanding Sports Reporting, and five Associated Press awards for Best Sportscast. As sports director for KDKA-TV, Bob has been recognized as Pittsburgh’s Favorite Sportscaster in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette reader survey. In 2000 he was inducted into the Tri State PGA Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate degree from (and issued the commencement address at) Point Park University, which later gave him a Distinguished Alumni Award. Bob was also the first man to receive the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy’s Professional Image Award, was voted Best Dressed TV Personality in another newspaper reader survey, and was chosen Man of the Year by the BF Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa.

Bob’s illustrious career has taken him around the globe, from the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, to the sunny shores of Hawaii for the NFL Pro Bowl. He has also visited 600 local high schools to present his Extra Effort Award to outstanding scholar athletes. Bob is the host of Pittsburgh’s top rated sports talk show The #1 Cochran Sports Showdown and The Subway Nightly Sports Call, and he delivers television play by play for Steelers preseason games.

Bob is active in his community and serves on the board of directors for several charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Mario Lemieux Foundation. He also hosts the Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic for Citizen’s Care, which provides services to those with mental disabilities.