“Calling the Game: Sports Broadcasting over the Years” speaker event


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The Emerson Black Box Theater in J. Scheidegger’s Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University.

Mallary Vasquez, Reporter

The College of Arts and Humanities will host a Q&A session called “Calling the Game: Sports Broadcasting over the Years” with Lindenwood alumni including award-winning broadcast personalities on Oct. 21.

The College of Arts and Humanities said that the session will be held in the Black Box Theatre from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Lindenwood alumni that plan to participate in the panel include Glen Cerny, David Amelotti, Bob Ramsey, Randy Karraker, Greg Amsinger, and Dan McLaughlin.

David Amelotti, a KMOV reporter and one of the panelists, said that the university is pulling a range of broadcast communications alumni from the last 30 to 40 years of broadcasting together for students to learn more about the field and network with panelists and attendees.

“What the panel’s really about is showcasing that legacy of our alumni and how we have this commitment to our community, to our university, but most importantly to our students,” Amelotti said. “It is our tradition and it’s our legacy that we actually try to help out however we can.”

Amelotti said that he has not participated in a panel like this, but is familiar with Lindenwood hosting such events.
“I think that from the [College of Arts and Humanities], there’s a real commitment to trying to show the students that if you embrace your experience on campus, and if you really invest yourself in the classes, you have the opportunity to thrive,” Amelotti said.

Amelotti transferred to Lindenwood University to study Mass Communications after spending two years at Southeast Missouri State. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014.

“When I got to Lindenwood, Mike Wall was the dean of the of communications at the time, and he told me, ‘If you come here, I will get you on air and under a month,’ and I was on the radio, I was on 89.1 The Wood in 10 days. I was calling football games in two and a half weeks, and I was traveling with the men’s and women’s basketball teams that winter covering the teams,” Almelotti said.

He credits his success to the experiences he gained by transferring to Lindenwood.

“I’m not even graduating yet and I’m covering Division II athletics, but by also transferring to Lindenwood, I gotta experience in the news side of broadcast, which I never would’ve had at my previous university,” Almelotti said.