Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-29
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Football players are all-stars — Page 8 Lady Comets win season opener — F ~> O 3 0 X X 1 H - * Amherst News-Time n o a & x OB < * *- T r-< ;/i " 3 - •-• IT Jf, .ft Wednesday, November 29, 2000 Amherst, Ohio .1 o n Pow wow Powers Above right: students in Diane Lindway's class at Powers hundreds of years ago. Teachers and students dressed up in teacher at Powers, gets into the Thanksgiving spirit by dressing up Elementary School participate in games that the pilgims played Thanksgiving themed costumes. Above left: Mary Lou Stovicek, a as a Native American. Lighting festival includes Santa's visit It is better to give than to receive. This holiday season the city of Amherst will concur by giving a little something to everyone. The city, along with the Amherst Downtown Business Association (ADBA) will be sponsoring the "Trees, Trains, and Treats" program this weekend on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. The activities will Irickoff at 6 pjn. on Friday, with the city tree lighting ceremony held in front of city hall. Everyone is welcome to the event which will include outdoor caroling. Mayor John Higgins will be in attendance along with a very special guest, Santa Claus himself. Once the program has finished everyone will be invited to the Century Tel building, across from the old post office, to view the train exhibits. The trains have been made available for display by several area dealers. In addition to the train ex hibition, there will be a reading of The Polar Express," a Christmas children's story. THe reading will begin at 7:30 pjn., and again at 8:30 p.m. At 8 pjn. children young and old will be invited to .JMBtW«V)oUy old Sat* Niste-While the vision discuss their wish lists with the big guy they will be treated to coo—et and hot chocolate. The Last Active Brakeman on the 20th Century Ltd will also be in attendance to tell holiday stories to the children. The Christmas fun continues on Saturday with the train exhibition continuing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 10 a.m. to noon, kids of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa for free. Those who love the arts and be treated to a of The Midwest School of Ballet which will present a recital at 1 pjn. The Amherst Cinema will be showing holiday-inspired movies and cartoons at 11 ajn. throughout the holiday season. Admission to the show is $1 and a non- perishable food item. Several of the downtown businesses are joining the cinema in helping to raise food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Amherst Library, which has temporarily moved to the old post office on Park Avenue, the Chatterbox, Century Tel, Ceramic Crossroads, and Your Deli will all have drop boxes where residents can leave non-perishable food items. People who donate food to the food bank will receive a downtown promo pack. The pack includes discounts and coupons to numerous businesses in the downtown area of AmhersL All of this should make for a wonderful start to the holiday season in Amherst. Anyone with questions can call the Downtown Business Association at 984-6709. Recognize his voice? Loyal listeners will by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Name a major celebrity and chances are someone will be able to tell you where they are from. Tom Hanks, started a stellar career in Cleveland. Michael Keaton thought he would get into business in Pittsburgh before he donned the famous black cape and cowl. One of the greatest entertainers in history. Bob Hope, hails from the sunny shores of Lake Erie. But how many Amherst residents realize that there is a celebrity living in their own back yard? All you have to do is take a ride down Grebe Street in South Amherst to see the home of the man that is known as the "Voice of Lorain County Sports," Tim Alcorn. "I don't know about 'The Voice,'" staled Alcorn, who is the chief play-by-play man for WEOL Radio in Elyria. "I just have a lot of fun with what I do." Fun doesn't even begin to describe the way Alcorn calls a game. Anyone who has heard one of his broadcasts knows that he brings an excitement to the game that few play-by-play men can bring. On any given day Alcorn is approached by someone who remembers what he said during a certain game 10 years ago. Tt is flattering to know that people remember those things," he Tim Alcorn (rt) and his partner Bob Tomaszewski share a laughs before heading out to broadcast another high school playoff game. Alcorn is considered by many to be The Voice of Lorain County Sports." Alcom was born in Buffalo. N.Y., but relocated to Massachusetts when he was still a boy. That ia where he caught the radio bug listening to legendary Celtics play-by-play man Johnny Most Most people remember Most for his now famous "Bird steals the inbound pass" call during die playoffs, but Alcorn remembers listening to Celtics games with iilfUSt botany was great, but I am a Buffalo fro from way back," he "Buffalo and Boston were big rivals back then, so I hated the Celtics." Alcorn moved to Ohio halfway through his high school career. After graduation he enrolled at Lorain County Community College where he received his associate's degree In telecommunications. Ron there he went to Kent State University to obtain his bachelor's degree, tt was while be was at Kent Stale that he ran into his biggest influence. T was calling games for the Kent radio station at the time and we got passes to get into the Cava the old coliseum," explained Alcorn That is when I mat Joe Tait" Over time the two would become friends. "Joe is going to be in the Hall Of Fame one day," Alcom said. To have a guy like that teach you the business, to be your mentor, is great. Joe is my biggest influence," After graduation from Kent State, Aloom got a job as a aportscaaer Cor WOBL Radio la Oberlin in 1985. Ho spent several yean there before moving to WBOL la 1992. It was at WBOL that Alcorn got involved in die sales end of the radio business. "I told them tint I would only do It If they allowed ma to contnue with cadfag ' trcplainnd Alcorn. The It was caBy a hand they have Mod by tint" Anyone wto is involved to the ihe Kent to continue with calling the games," but I have a passion for bash I we aot WBlahtnil Alcom. The station has Alcom explained. T read) mw« been great about that. It was bari- doing the football games, b sed Al- atty a hand -_» tantmm, aad srds the end of me season asked if be would ever give up the broadcasting in favor of sales Alcom stated sternly and emphatically "No." This stuff gets in your blood. Once you've called a game and felt that excitement you can't shake it" Alcom has called just about every high school sport that is played in Lorain County, but the one that he enjoys calling the most is basketball. t 1 always say that I love football. but I have a passion for basketball," really enjoy bet tow- I doing the football dm end of looking forward to dm basketball mg is where the big Maybe because it Is getting too sold outside for am." In his IS yem of Bailing the one that stands out in his mind as the most memorable took place during his first year with WOBL. That was the year that Oberiin won the State Otampionsrap," explained Alcom. The aanoaphere was great. The fflcilwiwnt that surrounded the game was incredible." While that game was the most memorable for Alcom, die team that he most enjoyed following was the 1994 Lorain High Steehnen. That was the year the they were closing the school," reminisced Alcom. "It was Roasitano's first year and they hada't won a district tide in I don't know how many years. They put together a string of wins that was incredible. They eveetualty won the district title. The Mag about that mam that year, mm they got into the tournament the game they were playing could be the last game in school history. The emotion that those kids played with was unbelievable. You could feel the emotion in the stands." In addition to his play-by-play duties and sales responsibilities Alcom also hosts several shows on WEOL including the Miller Time Monday Night Sports Spotlight Show. This show is broadcast every Monday night during football season from the Church Street Bar and Grill in Amherst The show spotlights area high school sports, as well as local college and pro teams. "We're very proud of our programing at WEOL," stated Alcom. "When it comes to high school sports it is all about the kids. That is why you'll never hear me criticize a kid. They are only 15-year-old kids playing because they love to play." While Alcorn would jump at the chance to call games for a professional team, he feels that he can bring a professional feel to the high school games. That is why we do things like the three-man team for football games and half time highlights," slated Alcom. "Other stations don't do things like that You might be covering high school sports, but you can take it to a professional level." Until the day comes when the Cavs call him, Alcom is happy working with WEOL and living ia South Amhent with hit wife Diane aad four children: Kan. Alyaaa, Shawn, and Ryan. When asked if he had any advias for someone trying to get into broadcasting Alcom stated, "Remember that radio is theater of dm mind. You have to paint the picture for the audience. It is up to yea to make the person listening feel aa if they were right there at that game." It couldn't hurt to take advise from the "Voice of Lorain mealy Sports" could a? 3 3
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-11-29|
|Date of Original||29-NOV-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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