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« on: Jul 13, 2009 at 09:33 »

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Savran to stay at FSN-Pittsburgh
By PATRICK CLOONAN, Daily News Staff Writer
07/11/2009.

Stan Savran will remain a part of Fox Sports Net-Pittsburgh, though he is losing his nightly "SportsBeat" show.

A spokeswoman for Liberty Sports Group in Pittsburgh said Friday that Savran has been signed to a new contract that will cover Pirates, Penguins and Steelers programming on the cable channel.

"I've spent nearly half of my professional life at this regional sports network, and I'd like to end my career, whenever that may be, right here," Savran said.

FSN Senior Vice President/General Manager Ted Black said Savran will remain at the core of the network as primary host of Pirates and Penguins pre-game shows.

"Stan will continue to be the face of this network," Black said. "His presence will ensure that we continue to make game nights a truly special experience for our viewers."

Savran also will continue to host the weekly cablecast of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's press conference and "The Mike Tomlin Show" from the FSN studios.

Savran's last "SportsBeat" will be a two-hour retrospective beginning Monday at 6:30 p.m. The network said confirmed guests include Tunch Ilkin, Kevin Colbert, Tom Bradley, Greg Brown, Bob Walk, Steve Pederson and Paul Steigerwald.

"We will respectfully bid farewell to 'SportsBeat' on Monday as we close this significant chapter in Pittsburgh television history," Black said.

Savran confirmed for "SportsBeat" viewers Thursday that the show is ending.

Sorry to see the show end. It's been a consistant part of my life from the it's beginning. There's nothing else like it and cannot be replaced by any cookie cutter national sports show.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 13, 2009 at 18:07 »

Watching the Final 2 hour show right now.  This sucks for those of us who depend on the show to catch up with the local burgh' sports.  18 years replaced with some garbage. 

Savran thanks for the years.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 13, 2009 at 19:36 »

When a out-of-towner like Jory Rand, who is completely clueless when it comes to our city, fans and teams is capable of keeping a job in this city and Savern has his show cancelled, it's a very sad day in Pittsburgh.  I have no idea what FSN/Liberty Sports Group are thinking, but they just cancelled the most watched sports show in Western Pennsylvania. 

While it's too late now, if PCNC had any desire to become a legitimate Pittsburgh sports station in this city, they would have offered Stan a contract and a one hour time slot.  Apparently, they seem content with all five of the viewers who actually watch Fedko on a nightly basis.

Loved the show and watched it religiously.  It will definately be missed and it was a part of Pittsburgh.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 13, 2009 at 20:42 »

What, if anything, can we do to help to bring this show back to the fans of Pittsburgh sports? I am sad and pissed off that this has happened.  Just in disbelief that it is over...

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 13, 2009 at 20:50 »

http://msn.foxsports.com/feedback

Let em' know...bring Sportsbeat back
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 14, 2009 at 14:00 »

No more Tunchistrator, not more Dean of Pittsburgh Sports Writers, no more SportsBeat. When the missus told me, I could not believe it. That was Thursday, then I saw that Stan SINGED a contract, and figured it was a contract dispute, and that it would go on. Until I saw the promo for eh final SportsBeat. It is complete BS and will be missed.
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