John Fedko

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John Fedko

John Fedko is the president of Vincentian Academy, but is best known as a television American sportscaster. He previously was the sports director and anchor for Channel 11 Pittsburgh (WPXI). Fedko also reported for Channel 11 News at 6 and 11 PM, and hosted The Fedko Fone Zone, a local sports call-in show on Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC).[1][2]

Fedko was voted "Pittsburgh's favorite sportscaster" by Pittsburgh Magazine.[2] He is especially popular during high school football season.[3] In 1995, he was the second-most recognizable personality in Pittsburgh, two percentage points behind KDKA-TV's Patti Burns.[4] Friday night football is forever known as John Fedko's Skylights, which still is a staple product of WPXI-TV.

Biography[edit]

Fedko was born in Lawton, Oklahoma to John and Catherine Fedko.[2][4] He has three sisters.[4] The family moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1972,[4] where he attended Trinity High School in Camp Hill.[2][4] In 1977, Fedko's family moved to Orange County, California, and Fedko entered the University of California, Irvine,[4] but later transferred to University of Southern California.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Fedko began creating home skits at the age of nine.[4] In his early twenties, Fedko sought to become a celebrity by moving into television.[4] Fedko became a TV weatherman and sportscaster in the Midland–Odessa metropolitan area.[4] When the sports director died, Fedko was promoted to sports director at the age of 23.[4] Fedko next moved to Amarillo, Texas, then Milwaukee, then finally to Pittsburgh.

Fedko announced his semi-retirement from broadcasting in December 2010, to spend more time with his family. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Tina, and five children, Kaley, Christian, Kyler, Katherine & Colby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John brought "The Fedko Zone" to life when he first introduced the concept upon his arrival to Pittsburgh in 1986. "The Fedko Zone" is a popular sports highlight real that highlights some of the funniest plays in sports. "Fedko Fone Zone". Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d "John Fedko - WPXI-TV". WPXI. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  3. ^ Burgess, Kelly (1997-11-09). "Fedko boosts teens' talents, says keep trying". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Finder, Chuck (1995-10-12). "When it comes to friday night football in Western Pennsylvania, this is a market that has become ... Fedko's own". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-03-08.