*Schedule subject to change. All times are Eastern. Download the seminar brochure.
- 9:00 Check-in
- 9:30 Welcome
- 9:40 Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons
- 10:25 Chris Farrow, ESPN
- 11:10 Jon Chelesnik, STAA
- 11:50 Wyatt Thompson, Kansas State U.
- 12:30 Lunch**
- 1:30 Tom Boman, Learfield
- 2:15 Bill Roth, Virginia Tech
- 3:00 Dan Shulman, ESPN
- 3:35 Bob Costas, NBC
- 4:15 Q&A with select panelists
- 4:30 Conclusion
** Ryan’s restaurant is offering a $5.87 buffet lunch special to seminar attendees. Ryan’s is located within walking distance at 730 Jake Alexander Blvd South. This is just 2/10ths of a mile from the Holiday Inn, heading toward the I-85.
Dan Shulman is an ESPN-TV play-by-play broadcaster for Sunday Night Baseball, NCAA Men’s College Basketball and NBA telecasts. He also broadcasts ESPN Radio’s MLB post-season coverage. Prior to his arrival at ESPN, Shulman handled play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays on The Sports Network (TSN), Canada’s national sports network (1995-2001). He was also play-by-play commentator for TSN’s NBA package of Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies games.
A 2012 inductee into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, Bob Costas is one of the premier sports broadcasters of our generation. The NBC Sports website calls Costas “television’s most honored studio host.” He is the host of NBC’s “Football Night in America” studio show, serves as primetime host of NBC’s coverage of the Olympic Games and co-hosts NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He has broadcast the World Series and the NBA Finals.
As Broadcast Manager at Learfield Sports, Tom Boman is in charge of hiring play-by-play talent for more than 50 major universities. In 2011, he hired new play-by-play voices at the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining Learfield in 2007, Boman was Executive Director of the Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network. He has been a producer at Fox Sprots Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, SportsFan Radio Network and Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles.
Wes Durham is the play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and hosts a popular daily sports talk show in Atlanta. He has also served as the play-by-play voie at Vanderbilt, Marshalll and Radford. Durham is a seven-time Georgia Sportscaster of the Year.
Bill Roth is in his 25th season as the lead play-by-play announcer of Virginia Tech football and basketball. He also hosts Virginia Tech Sports Today, the Sunday morning television magazine show which airs on television stations and cable networks throughout the mid-Atlantic and southeast. During the off-seasons, Roth has worked for ESPN in a variety of roles, including play-by-play for NCAA lacrosse, baseball, basketball, kick boxing, and field hockey. Roth has been honored as Virginia’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record nine times.
The 2012 Kansas Sportscaster of the Year, Wyatt Thompson is entering his eight season as Director of Sportscasting and Voice of the Kansas State University Wildcats. Thompson came to Kansas State from Colorado State, where he was the playby-play voice for CSU’s football and men’s basketball teams for five years. He won the Colorado Broadcasting Association award for best play-by-play in 2000. Thompson started his broadcasting career in 1976 as a sportscaster for various high schools, colleges and universities in Kansas, spending time at stations in Great Bend, Abilene and Hays.
Chris Farrow is a Coordinating Producer for ESPN Regional Television/ESPNU. During the 2011-12 basketball season, he managed 715 remote telecasts on ESPNU, Big East Network, SEC Network, Big 12 Network and ESPN 1, 2 and 3. Farrow has worked for the NCAA, Creative Sports (now called ESPN Regional Television) and the Big East Conference. He has also been in business for himself as a freelance producer and remote packager.
Jon Chelesnik is Founder/CEO of Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. He has been a sports talk host on ESPN Radio Network and Sporting News Radio Network, and a sports update anchor/reporter and host on XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego. Chelesnik has extensive radio and TV play-by-play experience, including a variety of college football and basketball, minor league basketball and the Arena Football League.