Personality Test: Stan Savran
One of the most respected sportscasters in Pittsburgh, Root Sports personality Stan Savran started working at the television network in 1992. The Cleveland native has been a fixture on Pittsburgh radio and television since 1976, including stops on KQV-AM (1410) radio and WTAE TV and radio. Savran serves as the primary host of Pirates and Penguins pregame shows and, during football season, hosts “The Mike Tomlin Show” and the Mike Tomlin news conference. Honored in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Savran celebrates more than 35 years of experience in the Pittsburgh sports arena. He also hosts “Savran on Sports” on ESPN-AM (970) weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
I would say David Letterman … because we both have a space between our front teeth.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My baseball-card collection and my Cleveland Indians jacket with a little baseball at the end of the zipper
The superpower I wish I had in real life:
The ability to read people’s thoughts
I can’t live without my iPod, cellphone, DVR or laptop:
DVR. Given my schedule, that’s the only chance I get to watch nonsports shows.
My favorite reality show:
Any game, whatever sport
App I wish I could invent:
An app that would show me how to acquire and then use an app. I have no clue. I still have a flip phone.
Clayton Moore, the actor who played the Lone Ranger. I wanted to change my name to Clayton when I was about 7 … I hated Stanley so much.
Favorite lunchtime spot:
Best mistake I’ve ever made:
Turning down a job opportunity in Detroit just a couple of months after I started in Pittsburgh
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
There have been so many in my nearly 40 years in the ‘Burgh. Among the most special in terms of a personal relationship: (Terry) Bradshaw, (Mike) Webster, Dwight White, (Willie) Stargell, Mario (Lemieux), Kevin Stevens.
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Mineo’s in Squirrel Hill
Top thing on my “bucket list” to do before I’m gone:
Would like to go to Italy
Three people I’d love to have dinner with:
Barack Obama, Bob Costas, Idina Menzel
The movie that always makes me cry:
In five years, I’d like to:
Still be working in some capacity in sports broadcasting. Maybe not as much as I’m doing now, but I could never leave.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
The way the city galvanizes around its sports teams! As Howard Cosell once said, “When an opponent comes to Pittsburgh, they don’t just have to play the team, they have to play the entire city!”
Exercise I hate most:
The stationary bike. Talk about a road to nowhere.
My quirkiest inherited trait:
I go through my house turning off lights after leaving any room. My mother would always yell at us when we’d leave a light on: “What, do you have stock in the electric company?”
I’m deathly afraid of:
The last book I read:
“Their Life’s Work” by Gary Pomerantz. It’s an inside look at the Steelers of the ’70s.
The oldest thing in my refrigerator:
The box of baking soda that’s supposed to eliminate odors, except the box is so old, I think it stinks now.
Star I’d like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:
Naya Rivera from “Glee”
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A major-league baseball player
The first band I saw in concert:
Simon and Garfunkel, 1966 at Miami University in Ohio (where I went to school)
The best concert I’ve ever seen:
Three Dog Night back in the day, and Jon Bon Jovi at Consol
TV marathon I could watch all day:
“Glee.” I know I’m about 40 years above their target audience, but I love the music, the harmonies, the incredible talent of the individuals and some compelling story lines.
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
The old, now-razed tennis courts at South Park. It was a beautiful setting, great place to play.
If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:
As a great singer. To open your mouth and produce beautiful music would be fantastic.
Saturday mornings, you’ll find me:
Assuming I don’t have to work, I read the papers over coffee, then plug in the iPod and start paying my bills.
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
Turkey breast with Swiss cheese on pita bread with mayo or horseradish sauce
My childhood nickname:
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
Any other sportscaster in town. I’m often called Hillgrove or any one of the thousands of Steigerwald brothers.
Ummmm, did I mention Naya Rivera yet?
My favorite website:
The Huffington Post
The worst advice I ever received:
“Hey, you should invest in this restaurant I’m building. We’ll make a ton.” (Went out of business in six months!)
The most famous person I ever became friends with:
In high school, I was:
Voted most enthusiastic in my senior class. I’m also flattered to have been inducted into my high school’s hall of fame.
My most treasured fashion accessory:
My pocket squares; I always wear one with my suit or sportcoat.
My most embarrassing junk food:
I’m a Triscuit addict — reduced salt
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Godfather 1 and 2”
Favorite guilty pleasure:
Just soaking up some rays while reading and listening to a ball game.
Something I would do over if I could:
I wish I would have found a way to deal with stress much earlier in my life. I used to just allow emotions and angst to overwhelm me.
E. I hate sports
You didn’t really think I would answer this one, did you?
My favorite cable channel:
If I said anything other than Root Sports, I might be looking for supplemental work.
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Beatles and Bon Jovi
My favorite “bad” movie:
“Animal House”; except to me, it’s great.
My most memorable fashion mistake:
In the ’70s, I had this awful pair of cranberry disco-like shoes with a larger-than-normal heel. Someone should have beaten me over the head with them.
One word my mother would use to describe me:
My first job:
Delivering groceries for a butcher shop
My worst job:
Working at a bearing and flange factory. My job was to sweep up oil-soaked sawdust.
The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:
“Don’t Stop Believin’”; I think it’s one of the most remarkable, and thus underrated, pieces of music of the era.
Life would be better without:
Gadgets that require manual dexterity. Getting the picture of my clumsiness?
I never travel without my:
People would be surprised to know that I:
Love Broadway musical theater. I’ve seen “Les Miserables” five times onstage.