Lakeshore Public Television Sportscasters to receive Virgil Sweet Awards
Four decorated sports journalists and one former basketball coach will be recognized with Virgil Sweet Awards at the 2013 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association annual Spring Clinic later this month.
Virgil Sweet Awards are presented to those who have provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball across Indiana. The award is named in honor of Sweet, the former Valparaiso High School basketball coach and former longtime executive director of the IBCA.
This year’s recipients are former coach John Heaton and four successful sports journalists — Joe Arredondo and Wayne Svetanoff of Lakeshore Public Television in Northwest Indiana, Rich Nye of WTHR-Channel 13 in Indianapolis and broadcaster Keith Doades of Media Five Sports in southwest Indiana.
Each will be honored during a program on April 26 at Lawrence North High School. Arredondo and Svetanoff are winners from District 1, Nye from District 2, and Doades and Heaton from District 3.
Arredondo has been with Lakeshore Public Television for more than 24 years, reporting for a shows such as ‘Lakeshore News Tonight,’ ‘Inside Valpo Basketball,’ ‘Prep Football Report,’ ‘Prep Sports Report’ and ‘PFR Scoreboard.’
Svetanoff also is a sportscaster for Lakeshore Public Television, where he is a co-host of ‘Prep Football Report,’ ‘PFR Scoreboard’ and ‘Prep Sports Report.’ He also is a teacher at Lake Central High School, where he is a former boys basketball coach.
No one has been involved with Lakeshore Public Television longer than Joe Arredondo.
With more than 24 years invested in the station, Arredondo is the local sports expert and personality for ‘Lakeshore News Tonight,’ ‘Inside Valpo Basketball,’ ‘Prep Football Report,’ ‘Prep Sports Report’ and ‘PFR Scoreboard.’
As a media member, Arredondo has received the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1992, the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations Production Award in 1993 and the IHSAA Media Award in 1998.
Arredondo has served as Sports Director for Lakeshore Public Television since October 1990. He began his broadcast career at WWJY Radio in Crown Point in 1987 as a news reporter, becoming the station’s sports play-by-play voice a year later. He also has worked for radio broadcasters WXRD-FM and WJOB-1230 AM.
In addition to Arredondo’s duties as sports anchor of ‘Lakeshore News Tonight,’ he produces and co-hosts ‘Prep Football Report,’ ‘Prep Football Scoreboard’ and ‘Prep Sports Report,’ which are some of Lakeshore PTV’s longest-running programs.
By day, Arredondo is the Director of K-12 Initiatives for Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. He has worked for the college for 18 years and is in his third year in his current position.
A graduate of Merrillville High School, Arredondo received bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and political science from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1987. He later earned a master’s in management of public affairs from IU-Northwest in 1989. He and his wife live, Liz, in Valparaiso.
Wayne Svetanoff is a sportscaster for Lakeshore Public Television. He is a veteran co-host of ‘Prep Football Report,’ ‘PFR Scoreboard’ and ‘Prep Sports Report.’
Prior to joining Lakeshore Public Television, he provided color commentary on football and basketball games for radio station WJOB-1230 AM.
Svetanoff is an English and Speech teacher at Lake Central High School and a former high school basketball coach at the school. He has taught at the school in St. John for 39 years, seeing it grow from a tiny, small-town high school to the thriving, urban school of today.
As an Indians’ boys basketball coach, he was an assistant coach on the 1984 Lake Central team that appeared in the IHSAA State Finals under Jim Hammel. As a head coach at Lake Central, Svetanoff guided the team to 134 wins from 1985 through 1996. His teams won sectional championships in 1988, 1991 and 1994.
Svetanoff is a graduate of Merrillville High School and played basketball there with, among others, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Svetanoff then went to Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, and Speech and Theater as well as a Master’s of Science in Education degree.
Svetanoff and his wife, Marilynn, a teacher at Portage, have one daughter: Wendy Jo, a doctor doing her internship in Omaha, Neb.