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