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Broadcasting from the heart
February 24, 2008 - Neil Rudel
High schools in Blair County, particularly Altoona, Bishop Guilfoyle and Hollidaysburg, have long been blessed with radio affiliates to broadcast their higher-profile sports such as football and basketball.
With those commitments have come passionate broadcasters who often take the losses harder than the players themselves.
Two shining examples surfaced again last week:
In the midst of a key sequence in the District 6 Class AAAA boys championoship game between Altoona and State College Wednesday night, State guard Jamar Smack alertly called timeout while falling out of bounds to maintain a key overtime possession. The Mountain Lion fans were aghast at the call, and Charlie Weston, the very able and long-time voice of Altoona now calling games for WFBG, rose from his seat at midcourt either to get a better look or, more likely, protest the play from a standing position.
Then on Saturday, after Bishop Guilfoyle lost to rival Bishop Carroll in the District 6 Class A boys championship game, and the medals were being awarded, color analyst Courtside Cal Bragonier did not mask his emotions on ESPN Radio 1430.
"Wow," he said. "This is tough to take."
Cem Maier would be proud.