Steve Mears, the Murrysville native who calls Penguins' play-by-play on AT&T SportsNet, is bringing back his 'Future Voices of the Booth' program for the second straight season.
It's an opportunity for high school and college students who are aspiring sports broadcasters to attend a Penguins home game, meet Steve, receive the Penguins' nightly media notes package and get a tour of the AT&T SportsNet broadcast booth.
"So many people helped me along the way during my career, and this is just a small way for me to say 'thank you' and give back," Mears said. "Encouragement can mean a lot to a young broadcaster. And I had such a great time meeting these kids last season."
The program is open to broadcasting students of any age, who are invited to fill out an application at stevemearsnhl.com. Once selected, they will be contacted personally by Steve to discuss career aspirations, current school experience, etc.
One student is selected per game. Those chosen will receive two tickets to a specific Pens home game, tour the booth with Steve, pick up a media notes folder and have a question-and-answer session with Steve after the game.
As Steve's website puts it: "Future Voices of the Booth is a program designed to encourage, motivate, and mentor students working hard toward future careers as sports broadcasters. Sports broadcasting is a very competitive field and requires a lot of hard work to make it to the top. Steve started this program to help guide students who have the same dreams that he had."