Our Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Emcee
Stan Savran grew up in Cleveland and has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly 40 years. But he feels right at home in Blair County.
Savran graciously returns as the Blair County Hall of Fame’s master of ceremonies with each banquet, and he’s the only emcee the Hall of Fame has ever known.
It’s a role he’s enjoyed since the Hall of Fame’s inaugural dinner in 1987, and his presence has grown with each induction.
“The thing I like most about the banquet is the sense of community,” Savran said. “It just resonates throughout the room. The people of Blair County are proud to be there, and they like to honor their own. Even though I’m an outsider, I can appreciate that. That’s been the overriding theme about the banquet and one of the reasons I enjoy it so much.”
Savran, himself a 2002 inductee into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, came to Pittsburgh in 1976 to work for WWSW Radio. He went from there to KQV and then to WTAE Radio and WTAE TV. At each stop, he’s hosted one of Pittsburgh’s most popular call-in radio shows.
In 1992, he moved to KBL, which has since become Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Known as the most versatile broadcast journalist in Pittsburgh, Savran has transcended media boundaries. He continues to host a weekday radio show on Fox Sports 970, along with his role as a hosting of Pirate and Penguins’ pre-game shows on ROOT Sports.
Savran is part of the Steelers’ radio network and hosts Mike Tomlin’s weekly TV show. The 1969 Miami of Ohio graduate is a past play-by-play voice of Penn State and Washington & Jefferson football.
He’s brought humor, perspective and presence to the Hall of Fame dinners, but most of all, he’s brought continuity.
“Stan has truly given us a master of the ceremony with his comments after a touching speech, timely jokes and extraordinary presence,” Hall of Fame president Neil Rudel said. “He’s definitely helped to make the Hall of Fame banquet what it is.”