NEW YORK, NY - Kathryn Tappen, a 22-year-old 2003 Rutgers University graduate from Morristown, New Jersey, bested nearly 100 other aspiring sportscasters from 23 states over two days of competition to earn a guest on-air assignment on future CSTV: College Sports Television programming. CSTV (www.cstv.com) is the first 24-hour college sports network.
Tappen and the other hopefuls converged upon CSTV’s Chelsea Piers studios in New York City yesterday in hopes of becoming the next voice of college sports. Ten finalists were selected at the conclusion of Wednesday’s first round, which evaluated on-air presence, delivery and knowledge of sports. The 10 finalists were put through another series of assignments today with celebrity judges CBS Sports’ Bonnie Bernstein, FOX Sports’ Brian Baldinger, WFAN SportsRadio’s Sid Rosenberg and Gus Johnson of CBS Sports and Madison Square Garden Network. After initial exercises today narrowed the field to Tappen and Matt Rodewald of Geneva, IL, each of the two conducted an interview with former Connecticut basketball star Rebecca Lobo. [Photos available upon request; photos and additional coverage also available on www.cstv.com]
Tappen was a four-time Academic All-American and Big East Academic All-Star at Rutgers (track and field), and owns the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
“This has been the most incredible experience in my life, and the perfect first step toward my career goal of being a sportscaster,” said Tappen. “Being surrounded the past two days by so many other aspiring sportscasters made me realize how difficult it is to make it in this business. The talent I saw was just incredible.”
CSTV’s “Wild Card Runner-Up” Competition
Video clips from the nine other finalists’ performances will be posted on www.cstv.com in the near future and fans will be given an opportunity to vote for their favorite. The winner of the “Wild Card Runner-Up” competition will also receive a guest spot on upcoming CSTV programming.
CSTV is available on DirecTV on channel 610. For information on how to receive the network, log on to www.cstv.com.
College Sports Television has long-term programming and marketing agreements
with 27 Division I athletic conferences, including the Atlantic 10, Big East,
Big Sky, Big Ten, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, Ivy League, Mountain West,
Sun Belt, WAC and West Coast. The network televises live regular season and
championship events across a broad spectrum of men's and women's college sports,
including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse.
Dedicated to offering the widest variety of college athletics, College Sports
Television provides the most in-depth sports coverage of 1,200 universities
and colleges involving 360,000 student-athletes across all of the major conferences
at every level of college sports.