Posts tagged ‘Fran Fisher’

Coming Soon: The July/August Issue

2015 J-A Creamery[1]A photo shoot of ice cream on a hot day is harder than it looks—or, should we say, softer? Art director Marc Kauffman scooped quickly while photographer Nick Sloff ’92 A&A snapped his camera even faster to capture the perfect Creamery cone for our July/August cover. The issue, which should be in your mailbox soon, celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of one of the greatest traditions at Penn State: the Berkey Creamery. We look back at its storied history, plus learn about what’s in store for the next 150 years.

Also in this issue is an interview by senior editor Ryan Jones ’95 Com with Eric Barron. The Penn State president reflects on his first year in office and talks about why he’s optimistic about the future of the university.

Ryan also wrote a piece on philanthropist and freshman Neha Gupta in “The Unrelenting Power of One.” We discover that Gupta, who already leads an international charitable network, is just getting started.

We also welcome the 79th president of the alumni association, Kevin Steele ’92 JD Law, on page 54. The Dickinson Law grad brings a decade’s worth of Alumni Association volunteer experience to the position.

Another noteworthy story in this issue is on the late Fran Fisher. Read about how the Voice of Penn State Football was loved—and will be missed—by the Penn State community on page 24.

There’s also a recap of the spring sports programs, which includes a national powerlifting title for Eliraz Katz. And, on page 18, find out what Joel Myers ’61, ’63 MS, ’71 PhD EMS has to say about his new AccuWeather television network.

We’d love to hear what you think about the new issue. Drop us a line at or comment below.

—Amy Downey, senior editor

June 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm 3 comments

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 11, 2014

The voice:  In a feature from today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he’s called “the university’s most distinguished living ambassador.” Fran Fisher, longtime football radio announcer, talked to the Trib‘s Chris Adamski about his decades-spanning career — and his friendships with some notable former coaches.

Common wisdom: Rapper Common paid a visit to Eisenhower Auditorium last night as part of the Student Programming Association‘s Distinguished Speaker series. The rapper turned actor (he stars in the AMC series Hell on Wheels) talked about his career, his “journey to greatness,” and offered some empowering advice: ““The higher you climb in achieving greatness, the harder it is going to become. You must take a moment and appreciate how far you have climbed.”

Snow spending: No, it’s not your imagination — this winter has been especially brutal, and Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant has the numbers to prove it. In this piece from Monday’s Collegian, OPP’s Ryan McCaughey reveals that snow removal efforts around campus have cost the University a staggering $1 million this season — that’s $400,000 over budget. And as for that road salt that helps melt snow and ice on campus walkways: OPP has used 300 tons (yes, tons) of the stuff so far this year.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

February 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 23, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

All sorts of science: Penn State researchers are making news in disparate and fascinating ways. Postdoctoral fellow Angela Brant is credited with the hunch that has led to new findings about the brain’s ability to learn new skills well into adolescence; Nobel Prize-winning glaciologist Richard Alley has co-authored a study confirming the discovery of an estuary—the first of its kind—under the Antarctic ice sheet; and Ph.D. candidate Joshua Stevens has come up with a pretty cool map showing nearly a century of Bigfoot sightings across North America.


September 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Fran Fisher: Still a Great Storyteller

Fran Fisher and Joe Paterno go way back, as you can tell from his photo, which Fisher provided to The Daily Collegian several years ago.

It’s been 12 years since we’ve heard Fran Fisher calling a Penn State football game, so it was a real treat to hear Fisher’s voice again on Wednesday. Pat Boland ’91 and Kevin Nelson ’72 interviewed Fisher on the State College radio show Lion Country Comments, and Fisher was in fine form, telling stories about everything from his early days in radio and his first impressions of Joe Paterno to what he does now during Penn State football games.

For health reasons, Fisher ’08h hasn’t been able to attend games in a few years. He watches at home. “Now I yell at the television commentators,” he said, “instead of Joe.”

As usual, Fisher was particularly good when discussing Paterno. He characterized the coach as “cocky” and “sure of himself” when they first met, and added, “He was low man on the totem pole on that staff. He was the baby, but it didn’t bother him. He had confidence in his ability.”

And now? “He’s the only guy younger than I who’s really my idol,” Fisher said, adding that Paterno seems to enjoy seeing him. “When I’m around, he’s not the oldest guy in the room.”

Of course, all of that sounds better in Fisher’s voice. You can get a more enjoyable experience by listening to this podcast of the interview.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

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