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Fall 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 4  

Alumni Profiles

General JOHN SHALIKASHVILI ’58 HON ’94 | FRED WEINTRAUB ’82 and FRANK VANCE ’88: A 4,000-mile commute across the Atlantic | JULIE MUELLER LANCIA ’89: Customers line up (really!) on Main Street | RAY KOBALD SR. ’57: Nice Pear | STEVE FRYKHOLM ’65: White House ornament | STEVE WELLER ’77: MLB official scorer | ERIN EATON MURPHY ’00: Dancing a jig

 

A 4,000-mile commute across the Atlantic

FRED WEINTRAUB ’82 is gearing up for his sixth season of broadcasting high school football and basketball. This year will be a bit different for the Chicago native.

“The commute will be a bit longer,” says Fred, the longtime station manager for Weigel Broadcasting Co., which includes WCIU-TV and Me-TV. “For the next three years I will be living in England and commuting back to prepare and produce Game of The Week.” Fred’s wife was transferred to London with her employer, BP. “But an ocean doesn’t get in the way of a good broadcast,” he adds.

Part of the show’s success is the partnership between Fred Weintraub and his director, FRANK VANCE ’88. “When I hired Frank, I had no clue that he graduated from Bradley. Though we were on campus at different times, we followed the same paths, including internships at local TV affiliates while working at the campus radio station. According to Frank Vance, Fred has one goal — building a show that looks as good as any network production.

Fred fondly recalls journalism classes with Dr. Paul Snider and “that red stamp with an ‘F’ for fact error. The same concept is true in live television,” he says. “There is no room for mistakes, and you can’t afford to lose credibility. As high school sports get more competitive, so do the elements of the broadcasts.”

The Bradley alumni study their broadcasts and ask, “How can we make these shows a teaching experience, combining great games with educational segments that will be useful to parents and students?”

Last year, Game of the Week placed wireless microphones on the basketball coaches and actually spoke to them while they were coaching.

“Some of my best memories of Bradley were my time at WCBU-FM and WTVP-TV. At Bradley you learn what ‘hands-on’ producing is all about,” says Fred, a two-time Emmy winner.

So, if you are watching high school sports in Chicago, or you see a network mobile unit pull up to Soldier Field, UIC Pavilion, or your high school, it just might be Game of the Week — and two Bradley grads getting ready for a live broadcast.