|Born||Stanley George Savransky
February 25, 1947
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
|Alma mater||Miami University|
Savran has been working for Fox Sports Pittsburgh since 1991, when it was known as KBL. For 17 years, he was the host/co-host of Savran on Sportsbeat, shown weeknights from 6:30–7:30 pm on Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Sportsbeat was the longest running sports show in Pittsburgh television history.
It was announced July 7, 2009, via Bob Smizik's online blog on postgazette.com, that Savran on Sportsbeat was cancelled by FSN Pittsburgh and Stan Savran's future with the station was up in the air. However, it was announced on July 11, 2009 that Stan Savran agreed to a new contract with FSN. As a result, Savran will be the primary host for Penguins and Pirates pregame shows and also will continue to be the host of the Mike Tomlin Press Conference and The Mike Tomlin Show. A special 2 hour series finale of Sportsbeat aired on Monday July 13, 2009.
Savran on Sportsbeat was considered a lifeline to Pittsburgh natives who had scattered throughout the country – a way to touch base and get the news and opinions regarding Pittsburgh sports. The show had a regular run of guests, including Mr. Monday Night, Former Steelers tackle Tunch Ilkin, Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Max Talbot and fantasy football expert Duane Cahill.
On August 4, 2008, Savran teamed up once again with Junker. Their show was aired ESPN Radio 1250AM WEAE, in the 10:00 am – 2:00 pm time slot until 2010.
On September 24, 2010 ESPN Radio 1250 announced that they would be switching to Radio Disney and would cease carrying local personalities on their station. However, as of October 2010, Savran is back on 970 AM as part of the station switching to ESPN Radio. His current show, Savran on Sports, can be heard in the 12:00 – 2:00 pm time slot.
Savran worked at a number of radio jobs after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His stops included Columbus, Lawton, OK and Orlando, FL, where he called play-by-play in the World Football League in 1974-75. Savran came to Pittsburgh in January 1976 by responding to a "blind" ad for a radio sportscaster in the classified section of Broadcasting magazine.
From 1981–1991, he was an everyday sports reporter, both from the news desk and on location, for WTAE-TV. He also hosted an 8-9 pm talk show on WTAE Radio, now WPGP. Savran earned such praise for his patience, knowledge, and style that a local newspaper columnist retrospectively referred to the pairing of that show and Myron Cope's show in the 6-8 pm timeslot as "the Golden Era of Pittsburgh sports talk." Savran left for KBL/Fox Sports Net after a dispute with management.
Savran was a sports anchor for WTAE-TV and WPGH-TV, both in Pittsburgh. He also hosted intermission segments on Pittsburgh Penguins broadcasts when the games were on WPGH.