Sportstalk host Steve Kaplowitz payed a visit to the Iceman's Speech class at Austin High School on Tuesday offering the students who ranged from freshmen to seniors, inspiring words of advice.  Kap began by talking about how his career in radio was launched in college at Texas and described exactly what he does while hosting Sportstalk.  Asking the students how many use social media, Steve mentioned how it has changed the world and the media industry as well.

600 ESPN El Paso's programming was discussed from Football Friday Night, UTEP Women's basketball, Texas football, El Paso Chihuahuas, Sportstalk and Crunchtime.  Kaplowitz engaged the students by giving examples of topics he brings up on Sportstalk, and noted, "it's important to come up with angles to keep fans listening."  He even asked the students what they would do to help bring fans back to the Sun Bowl for UTEP games, to which there were some creative responses for.

Steve also discussed how advertising has changed over the years in the industry, and how smart phones have added a unique aspect to the media as well.  The cost of radio commercials was discussed and then the students went on to ask numerous questions.  Kappy was asked if he always wanted to become a sportscaster, to which he replied, "I wanted to play for the Mets but hurt my back, so I wrote for the Coronado High newspaper and later started hosting my own radio show at the University of Texas."

When asked what his favorite sports topics were, Kap noted, "UTEP and Cowboys," and students inquired what his parents wanted him to do and Steve mentioned, "my mom wanted me to become a doctor or a lawyer and my father was on board with me becoming a sportscater since he did radio and television too."  His visit ended by Kappy telling the students to set their goals but always have a back-up plan in life.  His words of wisdom truly inspired my students to be dedicated to what they love in life and have a tremendous work ethic.   Special thanks to Steve Kaplowitz for coming to speak with my Speech students at Austin High School.


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