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May 4, 2013

FSU scholarship banquet tonight

Tony Caridi to be speaker; awards will be presented

FAIRMONT — Tony Caridi, the longtime West Virginia University play-by-play announcer, will be the keynote speaker at the Fairmont State Athletic Association (FSAA) Spring Scholarship Banquet.

The banquet will be held at 5:30 tonight in Gym 1 of the Falcon Center. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for students, with net proceeds helping support athletic scholarships at Fairmont State.

Caridi has become a household name throughout the state for his work on the Mountaineer Sports Network (MSN). He has spent nearly 30 years with MSN, the last 18 serving as the play-by-play announcer for Mountaineer football and basketball.

In addition to MSN, Caridi has done play-by-play for several national networks, including ESPN and Westwood One Radio.

He currently is the sports director of the MetroNews Radio Network and hosts a nightly statewide sports talk show, as well as working with coaches Dana Holgorsen and Bob Huggins. He is also the manager of Pikewood Creative, an Emmy-award winning visual design and marketing company.

Caridi is a multiple winner of the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year honor and recipient of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting, Network Play-by-Play award.

In addition to Caridi’s keynote address, the FSAA will also honor this year’s recipient of the L.O. Bickel Service Award and Letterwinner of Distinction Award.

The banquet will also recognize the male and female senior athletes who have done the most to promote the best interest of athletics at Fairmont State with the Jasper H. Colebank Award. The Eston K. Feaster Award will go to the top male and female senior letterwinners who maintained the highest grade-point average.

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