Oklahoma State has the largest contingent of Sports Media faculty of any university in the world. Moreover – unlike the majority of universities offering related programs – all of our Sports Media faculty are either full-time employees in the School of Media and Strategic Communications or work fulltime elsewhere at Oklahoma State. Therefore, each professor has a vested interest in Oklahoma State having the top sports media program in the world, with a primary focus on educating students and churning out young professionals for the industry.
Further, all OSU Sports Media faculty have practical experience in professional sport communication and maintain contacts throughout the sports media industry. Most of our faculty members focus their research efforts on sports media, providing more knowledge on the field where they worked.
Sports Production Specialist in Residence
Jeremy Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State in 2008 with a double major in broadcast journalism production and sports media production. He spent five years working for OSU Communications producing videos for the president’s office and the university system. He currently works as a producer for Orange Power Studios, the internal video department for OSU athletics. His duties include creating promotional videos for various sports, assisting in the development of the newly constructed studio and participating in the production of live video content for several athletic events. As a freelancer, he has worked numerous live sporting events as a replay operator and cameraman for local and regional broadcasts. This work includes ESPN and CBS pro football, college football and college basketball events. Jeremy also manages ROSCO, a remote broadcast unit SMSC Sports Media majors use to produce live sporting events.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Jeremy regularly teaches SPM 4813 Sports Media Production and SPM 4883 Sports in the Newsroom (Advanced Sports Reporting and Media Production).
Lecturer and "The Voice of the Cowboys"
Dave Hunziker enters his eighth year on the OSU faculty and his 14th season as “Voice of the Cowboys” for Oklahoma State University football and men’s basketball this fall. Hunziker has been named the 2013 Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and also earned the 2010 Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award. The entire Oklahoma State broadcast team is nationally recognized for its innovative programming approach and unique presentation of Cowboy football and basketball.
Hunziker teaches the advanced level course, “Sports Announcing,” which focuses on the basic elements of play-by-play announcing and emphasizes the importance of excellent writing skills as a precursor to success as a sports announcer. The course also offers instruction regarding network organization, broadcast sales, and television anchoring and reporting. Hunziker also serves as camp director for the Oklahoma State University Sports Media Camp, which offers a weekend of broadcasting and writing experiences for high school and first-year college students from across America.
Hunziker has enjoyed more than 23 years on the air in college athletics, and has called more than 650 NCAA Division I basketball games over the past 21 years. He served as “Voice of the Highlanders,” at Radford University in Radford, Va., from 1992-2000, and served as the first television play-by-play voice of the Big South Conference from 1996-2000. He spent the 2000-01 season as the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Hunziker landed his first full-time announcing job at KFRU-AM in Columbia, Mo. He served as play-by-play announcer for Columbia Rock Bridge High School sports and Columbia College athletics. He was also the host of a nightly sports talk show.
A native of Kahoka, Mo., Hunziker landed his first on-air job as a 17-year-old high school senior at KMEM-FM in Memphis, Mo., where he served as an on-air host, news anchor, and play-by-play announcer. He will begin his 32nd year as a play-by-play announcer in the fall.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Dave regularly teaches SPM 4053 Sports Announcing.
Dr. Jared Johnson
Dr. Johnson has spent the last 18 years working in and teaching sports media. He has print, broadcast and online experience. He got his start in radio, where he was the beat reporter for the Utah Jazz. At the same radio station, he occasionally called play-by-play for Weber State University football and basketball. He soon branched out to print, where he started covering high school sports for the Athens (OH) Messenger. Later, he became the beat writer for Ohio University sports and covered the Big 10 and Mid-American Conferences. For three years, he worked as the sports editor at the same newspaper. During that time, he also began reporting sports for television newscasts in the same market. Dr. Johnson was one of the first sports media professionals contacted by Rivals.com to begin reporting on collegiate sports in Ohio for their website. He worked as photographer, reporter and editor for Rivals in Ohio. Later, he began hosting and producing sports shows for television broadcasts in both Ohio and Georgia. In both markets, he continued to dabble in radio and occasionally television play-by-play announcing for high school and college sports. More recently, Dr. Johnson has produced content in sports news for KBYU television and BYU TV (a nationwide satellite network) covering BYU sports. He has also called a few games play-by-play for that network in women's soccer and basketball. He has interviewed numerous famous athletes over the years.
Dr. Johnson has a passion for teaching students the sports media industry. At Ohio University, Georgia College & State University and BYU, where he has taught students, he has proven himself dedicated to providing hands-on opportunities for his students to work in the field. In Ohio and Georgia, he started weekly live high school football television newscasts run by students under his guidance. In Georgia, he helped students set up a production box to televise live sporting events on television. At BYU, Dr. Johnson started CoogTube - the first live sports newscast covering BYU sports on KBYU television, airing across the entire Salt Lake City TV market. The show was produced entirely by students under faculty supervision. He also taught students to post their reports on the website. Later Dr. Johnson secured a grant which allowed him to take students into the field to cover BYU sporting events on the road - their material airing in top markets. Students have worked alongside him in many venues, including the NCAA Basketball Tournament, NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, and single football games at venues such as Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Student material not only aired on KBYU TV, but professional newsrooms also asked student reporters to tag their material for guest reports on stations in both Utah and Idaho. Dr. Johnson is proud that his students have been gainfully employed at ESPN, FOX Sports and numerous sports departments in television and radio around the country. At OSU, he oversees the production of "The Poke Report," a weekly television show airing on OStateTV that focuses on Oklahoma State athletics.
For the OSU Sports Media program. Dr. Johnson regularly teaches MMJ 3913 Sports Field Production, SPM 4813 Sports Media Production and SPM 4833 Sports in the Newsroom (Advanced Sports Reporting and Media Production).
Dr. Edward (Ted) M. Kian
Endowed Welch-Bridgewater Chair
of Sports Media and Professor
Education and Academic Work Experience
Dr. Kian earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, although he finished his coursework at Cal State Northridge on student exchange. He earned a master’s in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from Florida State University, where he spent three years as an instructor in Sport Management and was lead teaching tennis professional for the Lifetime Activities Program. Previously he was on the faculty at the University of Central Florida, where he was founding coordinator of the Sport Leadership & Coaching graduate program and held the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Sport Administration. He coordinates and directs all three specializations of the largest undergraduate Sports Media major in the world at Oklahoma State, while serving as faculty adviser for the OSU Sports Media Club and OSU-APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) student chapter, and co-adviser for the Pioneer Media Team.
Dr. Kian’s research focuses on sport media, specifically examining the framing of gender, sex, and LGBT in content, social media and Web 2.0, attitudes and experiences of sport media members, and marketing of sport. He has authored more than 85 journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference papers, serving as lead or solo author on more than 80% of his published works. Dr. Kian’s scholarly research has appeared in top journals from a variety of academic disciplines, including Contemporary Athletics, International Journal of Sport Communication, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sports Media, Men and Masculinities, Newspaper Research Journal, Public Relations Review, Sexualities, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He is co-author of the content textbook Strategic Sport Communication (2nd ed., 2016) and lead author of the skills-focused Multimedia Sports Journalism: A Practical Guide for the Digital Age (Oxford, under contract). Dr. Kian guest-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Communication and has reviewed more than 90 submissions for 26 different academic journals as an editorial-board member or ad-hoc reviewer. Outlets such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, USA TODAY, Fox Sports, and the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University have cited his research, journalism, or expertise. Most of his published research articles can be accessed via http://okstate.academia.edu/EdwardTedMKian or followed on Google Scholar at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TB2InEAAAAAJ&hl=en
Dr. Kian has 15 years of professional experience in sport communications, working in newspapers, magazines, media relations, Internet, and radio. His positions included three years as prep sports editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he was one of a team of reporters honored with an Associated Press Sports Editors national award for investigative journalism for their series on shady practices in high school basketball recruiting. Among his other duties for all nine publications in the Los Angeles Newspapers Group were general assignment sportswriter, producer and writer for all content in the annual Best in the West football recruiting spectacular, and San Diego Chargers’ training camp beat reporter. He also worked fulltime for Gannett as a sportswriter for the Pensacola News Journal, and served as editor, lead writer, and Web site manager for Horns Illustrated, a magazine that covers University of Texas athletics. Dr. Kian was among the original contracted writers for AOL FanHouse, serving as the lead University of Georgia and an SEC football blogger. Most recently he served as NFL Draft expert and founding partner for SteelersLounge.com, a for-profit blog operated by four professional sportswriters. During his journalism career, Dr. Kian has conducted one-on-one interviews with the likes of George W. Bush, Doug Flutie, LeBron James, Martina Navratilova, Snoop Dogg, Steve Spurrier, and Bubba Watson, while authoring more than 2,000 articles published in the popular press. He also has experience working for three college athletics programs in media relations/sports information or marketing/promotions, and was a sports staff member at the UGA radio station.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Dr. Kian regularly teaches SPM 2843 Intro to Sports and the Media, SPM 3783 Sports Public Relations, SPM 3843 Contemporary Sports Media, and SPM 4833 Sports in the Newsroom (Advanced Sports Reporting and Media Production) at the undergraduate level, and MC 5779 Diversity in Sports Media at the master's level.
Dr. Kathleen McElroy
The daughter of a sportswriter, Kathleen McElroy spent many summer nights in the Houston Astros press box and by fourth grade knew she also wanted to be a sports journalist. Her professional career includes serving as deputy sports editor at The New York Times, where she worked for 20 years. Dr. McElory has been the editor in charge of Olympic and professional events, including the World Series. She also founded and ran the publication's U.S. Open tennis blog. Before pursuing a doctorate in journalism, she ran The New York Times' blogs and helped run the web newsroom. Dr. McElroy also has been Dining Editor and Associate Managing Editor in charge of the weekend editions. Before joining The Times, she also was a sports editor at The National, the experiment in national sports journalism in the 1990s; at Newsday on Long Island, and the Austin American-Statesman in Texas. In addition to occasionally writing about sports, she wrote the opening and longest chapter in the book "Nike Is Also a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports" (1999). Dr. McElroy serves as the adviser for the OSU Chapter of the Association of women in Sports Media (OSU-AWSM).
Dr. McElroy completed her doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied newsrooms and race. She received a master of arts from New York University and a bachelor of arts from Texas A&M University.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Dr. McElroy regularly teaches SPM 3813 Sports Reporting Across the Media.
Dr. John McGuire
John McGuire (Ph.D., Missouri, '04) has been part of the SMSC faculty since 2002. Dr. McGuire's background in sports reporting and play-by-play dates back to the early 1980s while a student at Northwest Missouri State University. McGuire went on to work four years as Sports Director for KWOS-AM in Jefferson City, MO and then 12 years as News and Sports Director for KXCV-FM in Maryville, MO. Dr. McGuire's work experience includes doing play-by-play or color commentary on more than 400 high school or collegiate games. Since joining the OSU faculty, Dr. McGuire has won multiple sports reporting awards for stories heard on KOSU-FM, including first-place recognition in the RTDNA Region 6 competition and by the Oklahoma chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. Dr. McGuire has nearly 20 academic publications to his credit, many dealing with sports journalism and the business of sports media. Dr. McGuire's work has been seen in outlets such as Journal of Sports Media and the International Journal of Sport Communication.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Dr. McGuire regularly teaches SPM 3863 Electronic Sports Reporting at the undergraduate level and MC 5330 Sports Media Management at the master's level.
Ray has taught at Oklahoma State University since 2005, teaching courses in Reporting, Editing, Sports Writing, Feature Writing and Media Style and Structure at OSU.
Before coming to OSU, Ray spent 21 years as a professional journalist in Montana, Florida and Missouri. He was a longtime sports writer and also has worked as a sports copy editor and a news copy editor.
Ray started his career as a sports writer at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Bozeman, Montana, and then spent 14.5 years in several roles at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. As a sports writer, he covered everything from gymnasts in diapers to seven college bowl games to the Florida Panthers’ run to the 1996 Stanley Cup final.
While a sports writer at the Sun-Sentinel, Ray covered some of the top athletes in the country in football, boys and girls basketball and track and field. He covered nationally ranked teams in football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball and track and field. Several of the athletes became stars in college and a few became professional athletes.
Ray also helps with the OSU’s annual Sports Media Summer Camp, which started in 2007. In 2001, Ray moved to Columbia, Missouri, to attend graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After a year as the assistant sports editor at the Columbia Missourian, the school’s teaching newspaper, Ray was promoted to sports editor and started graduate school. He was the sports editor for two years, and then worked as a special sections/business editor and news editor in his final year of graduate school. Ray also taught reporting and editing classes while a graduate student.
He has done extensive research on paparazzi in New York City and Los Angeles. He also is interested in sports research, including the changing landscape of sports writing in the age of convergence.
Ray has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Ray regularly teaches SPM 3500 Sports Media Internship and SPM 3853 Advanced Sports Writing.
Gina J. Noble
Clinical Associate Professor
Gina Noble earned her Bachelor of Science in journalism and Master of Science in mass communication from Oklahoma State University. Gina spent more than 10 years working in hospital public relations, advertising, marketing and development before she began her second career as a professor.
Her job titles included:
- Vice president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Tulsa, Okla.
- Director for Eastern Oklahoma Children’s Miracle Network, Tulsa, Okla.
- Foundation director for Freeman Healthcare Systems, Joplin, Mo.
- Distribution director, writer and editor for In…Joplin! Metropolitan Magazine, Joplin, Mo.
In her role as vice president for Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Gina created, helped create or managed several sports-related special events to raise awareness and financial support for programs and services at Children’s Medical Center, including:
- Ben Hogan Tulsa Open / Nike Open Golf Tournaments
- Big Hitters For Kids Charity Golf & Baseball Tournament featuring Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association members and local sports media members
- Big Hitters For Kids Charity Basketball Tournament featuring members of the 1994 Dallas Cowboys playing against members of Tulsa’s sports media (participants included Emmitt Smith, Nate Newton, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Leon Lett, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson)
- Big Hitters For Kids Memorial Day Marathon
- Equus Grand Prix Show Jumping Olympic-Style Competition
In addition to the Sports Public Relations course, Gina teaches writing, multimedia and strategic communications classes. She also serves as the faculty adviser for Strategic Communications internships, Public Relations Student Society of America, Sports Media Pioneer PR Team, and is co-adviser for the OSU-AWSM (Association of Women in Sports Media) chapter. Gina is the curriculum committee chair for the SMSC and serves on the Student Services/Extension Committee, Faculty Assessment Committee and several faculty search committees.
Gina was elected as a city councilor in April 2013 and is serving a three-year term. She serves on the following City Council committees: Stillwater Economic Development Advisory Council, OSU Student Government Association Liaison, Stillwater Public Schools Coordinating Committee and the Council Staff Review Committee.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Gina regularly teaches SPM 3500 Sports Media Internship and SPM 3783 Sports Public Relations.
Sports Information Specialist in Residence
Brian Petrotta brings over 15 years of collegiate sports information, media relations, and play-by-play experience to the Oklahoma State Sports Media faculty. He also serves as the Coordinator of Marketing and Communications for the College of Arts & Sciences at Oklahoma State.
Prior to landing in Stillwater, Petrotta worked in the sports information department at Wichita State University, where he served as the primary contact for women's basketball, men's golf and women's golf. Petrotta was the radio voice of the Wichita State University women's basketall team, hosted the Jody Adams Show for six years and also spelled Shocker Hall-of-Famer Mike Kennedy on volleyball broadcasts. In 2013, Petrotta served as fill-in host on the Shocker Sports Report, a television magazine program brodcast satewide in Kansas, and performed play-by-play duties on select baseball television broadcasts. He also served as public address announcer for volleyball and baseball.
Petrotta brought extensive broadcast and media experience to Wichita State. Prior to working at Wichita State, he spent eight years broadcasting minor league baseball games (while also serving as media relations director at each spot), and worked as a sports information director at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. and Newman University in Wichita, Kan. The journey took him through Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Iowa, Michigan, and Florida before returning to Kansas.
In 2006, Petrotta had the pleasure of handling lead play-by-play duties for several Los Angeles Dodgers spring training games on the Los Angeles Dodgers radio network.
Other television and radio opportunities have included high school football, professional indoor football, track & field, and election coverage.
Petrotta was born in Glendale, Calif. but raised in Sterling, Kan. where his father taught at Sterling College. Petrotta graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism. He has two sons, Dominic and Cameron, and resides in Stillwater with his wife, Erin.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Brian regularly teaches SPM 4560 Sports Information Systems.
Erin Smith Petrotta
Erin Smith Petrotta boasts over 14 years in sports media experience from four universities representing three different NCAA Division I conferences, including the Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Missouri Valley Conference. She has served as the media relations contact for more than a dozen sports, including football, basketball, softball, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field.
At the University of Nebraska, Petrotta coordinated media efforts for the women’s soccer team, which reached the NCAA Sweet 16, and a track and field team which boasted five individual national champions and a third-place NCAA finish by the women’s team. During her time at Iowa State, she oversaw the publicity efforts for the women’s basketball team, which reached the NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet 16 in back-to-back campaigns. During her tenure, Missouri State’s women’s basketball team won the 2005 National Invitational Tournament.
Petrotta has served as the media coordinator for several national and conference championships, including the SEC Swimming and Diving Championship, Big 12 Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, NCAA Outdoor Midwest Track and Field Regional Championships and the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. She also assisted with media relations efforts at the 2005 NCAA Men’s Final Four in St. Louis.
Petrotta designed and edited team media guides, including two that the College Sports Information Directors of America named the best in the nation in 2002 and 2003.
Petrotta earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Broadcasting with a public relations emphasis from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in sports management from the University of Arkansas.
She holds professional memberships with the College Sports Information Directors of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.
For the OSU Sports Media program, Erin regularly teaches SPM 4933 Advanced Sports Public Relations.