A recent Rutgers University graduate outperformed nearly 100 other aspiring
sportscasters in competing for a position with College Sports Television.
Kathryn Tappen, a 22-year-old 2003 graduate, will become a new voice on the
fledgling college-sports channel, earning guest on-air assignments after winning
a three-round competition.
Participants gathered Thursday at CSTV’s headquarters at Chelsea Piers in New
York to hear the 10 finalists, selected according to their performance in
Wednesday’s round, which measured on-air presence, delivery and their knowledge
The 10 finalists hustled through a series of exercises Friday under the eyes
and ears of CBS Sports' Bonnie Bernstein, Fox Sports' Brian Baldinger, WFAN’s
Sid Rosenberg and Gus Johnson of CBS Sports and Madison Square Garden
The competitors were narrowed down to Tappen and Matt Rodewald of Geneva,
Ill., who battled in the final round during an interview with former University
of Connecticut basketball star Rebecca Lobo.
Tappen doesn’t just know sports-speak: She’s quite an athlete herself,
holding Rutgers’ record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She’s also a four-time
Academic All-American and Big East Academic All-Star at the school.
Tappen’s triumph doesn’t mark the final defeat for the other finalists, as
will hold a "Wild Card Runner-Up" competition. Fans can view videos of the nine
other finalists and vote for their favorite. The winner will also receive a
guest spot on upcoming CSTV programming.