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Chris Shovlin

Broadcasting ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Chris Shovlin's colorfully descriptive and commanding style made him one of Pittsburgh radio's top play by play broadcasters. He twice won the Pittsburgh March of Dimes Achievement in Radio (AIR) Award for Play By Play for his calling of Robert Morris football games (with Jeff Walker) in 1998 and again for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (with Steve Bell) in 2003, defeating entries submitted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates Radio Networks.

A graduate of Midland High School (1972) and Westminster College (1976), Chris spent the first 16 years of his career as one of Beaver Valley's favorite radio personalities, teaming with Bill Fontana on WMBA-AM (1976-1979), then on WBVP-AM and WWKS-FM (1979-1992).

In Beaver Falls, Chris anchored the station’s award winning newscasts with Jay Knafel and called the Valley’s most significant high school and college games over parts of three decades. He revolutionized the way local news and sports were presented by adopting an innovative 'network delivery' style that enhanced the sound of WVBP, and he led the station to Pirates spring training and introduced locker room coverage of the Bucs and Steelers.

In 1981 Chris was appointed co-host of the 16 station "Gunner Network Sports Talk Show" with the legendary Bob Prince, and he served as an interim instructor in the Geneva College speech department in 1982. All the while, Chris was working his way up the ranks, from announcer to vice president and general manager – the pinnacle position at WVBP and KISS 106.7. Chris left the station in 1992 to become the Western Development Director for Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

Since 1987 Chris has served as the play by play voice at Robert Morris University and has broadcast more than 500 Colonial basketball games, including three trips to the NCAA March Madness tournament, and he has called play by play for every RMU football game ever played. Starting in 2002, Chris also handled the play by play for several University of Pittsburgh Basketball Radio Network broadcasts. As voice of professional soccer's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Chris teamed with US Soccer Hall of Fame player Paul Child on Fox Sports Radio 970, and he has also called TV play by play on the A League Game of the Week. Chris has televised some of the biggest WPIAL football and basketball games on WBGN-TV and served as play by play announcer on the Comcast High School Football and Basketball Games of the Week, along with Guy Junker and John Miller. Chris was the morning sports anchor on WISH 99.7 and is still one of Pittsburgh’s top morning personalities, serving as news and sports anchor and 'sidekick' on the Bogut in the Morning Show on 1320 WJAS-AM. He serves on the management team for all three Renda Broadcasting Corporation’s Pittsburgh stations (WISH 99.7, AM News/Talk 1360, and 1320 WJAS) as the Director of Marketing and Promotion/News and Sports.

Chris has also served on the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame executive committee and has been the organization's master of ceremonies at its annual banquet since 1983. In 2012, Chris was inducted into the Robert Morris University Athletic Hall of Fame.