When you’re a young kid playing every sport that your town and school have to offer you never really think about that possibly being your career. But when your family takes you to every Penn State football game since you were 10 months old. You kind of become a “know it all” regarding the Blue and White. So I thought if I have to work for the next 40 years, now probably 60, I might as well have fun.

When it came time to pick a college for some reason, I picked Syracuse University, I guess they had a good program or something. After a great four years, while still managing to follow the Nittany Lions around the country, I made my way to Charlottesville, VA.

So a college grad, wide eyed and filled with excitement walked into his first television job as morning production assistant. Ironically the Sports Director was from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and just like me is a proud “Skook”, so I started working some double shifts as a sports photographer and doing some writing.

Before you know it I made my way to State College, PA and WHVL-TV. In my five years I got to experience a ton of first at Penn State some great, some terrible (cough, names on the uniforms). WHVL game me a ton of great memories, whether it was calling live high school football games, reporting for the “Blue White Tailgate Show,” breaking down film with Jay Paterno, vigorously debating Steve Jones and Trey Bauer, hosting my own political show, or co-hosting the Penn State post game radio show with Jeff Byers for the last two years.

So that is my last six years of my life and I am lucky enough to have a great girl allowing me to do it. She runs base camp back in Schuylkill County while I go out and explore the sports world.

I’m 5’9, 135 pounds and yet my senior year for some reason my classmates voted me “most athletic.” I love playing football, baseball, basketball and golf, though the left knee is limiting me to more and more golf, where my motto is never lay-up.

I’m really excited to be here and add to my list of sports memories, to which I have many.

For the pro fans out there my teams: Phillies, Steelers, Flyers (before the strike) and the underdog in the NBA.

So now that you are tired reading about me, I want to know more about you or any great sports stories you have to share. Drop me an email at akalista@fox43.com, find my page on facebook, or hit me up on twitter @KalistaAndrew .

Just giving you a heads up I do accept invites to tailgates!!!


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