Ross woman earns talk show on The Fan
When she was a little girl, Stacy Amaral Kauffman thought she wanted to be the first female NFL referee.
“Then I realized it was probably a little too dangerous,” says the Ross resident, who has worked in public relations for the past 15 years. “So my dreams turned towards talking and writing about sports instead.”
Kauffman, 34, still may be making her own history, having been named the first female host on KDKA-FM (Sports Radio 93.7 The Fan), emerging victorious Thursday night in the finals of a series of public auditions, in which more than 100 hopefuls vied for the weekend spot.
She will become one of the first local females in Pittsburgh sports-radio history to host her own talk show.
“It's the beginning of a lifetime dream coming to fruition,” Kauffman says. “The next time my dad asks me, ‘So, when am I going to hear you on the radio?' I'll be able to give him an actual date, and that makes me proud.”
Kauffman, who was raised in Hillsborough, N.J., attended Rutgers University and has lived in Pittsburgh for 10 years, says her passion for sports came from her father, Carlos. “Sports was and is still our thing. That, and belting out Aerosmith and the Guess Who in the car together.”
Her starting date, and the time slot and day for her show, is still to be determined, program director Ryan Maguire says.
“I'm interested in putting compelling talents on the air because our goal, quite simply, is to attract as many listeners as possible. I feel Stacy has that potential,” he says.
Though she has never worked in radio, she has been a guest on a few shows as a publicist.
“I'd like to fancy myself as an intelligent sports talker who can discuss issues that span all sports,” Kauffman says. “I can be serious or not so serious and like to find the silver lining in the bad, as well as keep expectations in check with the good.”
Maguire says he was impressed with her attitude and moxie through the entire process of auditions. “She not only showed that she was knowledgeable and passionate about Pittsburgh sports, she also showed she couldn't be intimidated,” he says. “She earned this position as the best candidate in a very competitive and talented field of entrants.”
“I am excited, overwhelmed and humbled by the experience and the response I am getting from the amazing sports fans in Pittsburgh,” she says. “Sports are amazing. There's a story in every game, and there's always a chance to win, kind of like life.”
Rex Rutkoski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4664 or email@example.com.
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