Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Officer Mark Anthony Gaspich October 13, 2018 Officer Gaspich passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. He died in the line of duty at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Saturday, October 13, 2018, until Officer Gaspich’s interment, Monday, October 15, 2018. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. Flag Order, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in Cumberland County to honor Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Officer Mark Anthony Gaspich. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Follow Alana on Twitter @alanavictor5 ESPN Radio and TV personality Colin Cowherd came to the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Thursday evening to kick off USC Homecoming Weekend with a discussion led by Dan Durbin, director of the Annenberg Institute for Sports, Media & Society.Cowherd flashed a “fight on” sign to the audience before he and Durbin dove into a conversation on Cowherd’s experience as the primary morning anchor of ESPN for the past 10 years.Cowherd is the host of The Herd With Colin Cowherd, a syndicated talk radio show that broadcasts weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio and ESPNU. He also debuted Colin’s New Football Show, which broadcasts Sunday mornings on ESPN2, in early September of this year. Cowherd recently wrote his first book, You Herd Me! I’ll Say It, If Nobody Else Will, which was available for presale and signing after the talk. Cowherd also announced that he found out Wednesday that his book would make The New York Times best-seller list.Cowherd captured the audience’s attention with loud gestures and captivating stories, beginning with some insight into how he came to be the professional he is today.“I always knew what I wanted to do and I always had a strong opinion. My mom used to say I was eight going on 42,” Cowherd said. “I couldn’t wait to get the newspaper everyday … I was just fascinated by it. I would mostly go to the sports section and my mom would always say, ‘You have to read more than the sports section.’ I told her ‘No, I don’t, I’m going to make a living in sports.’”Cowherd attributed much of his success to constantly listening to the radio and practicing his own commentary. He said, however, that the best piece of advice he got was when his mother encouraged him to take a job opportunity covering baseball in Las Vegas and leave college at the age of 18.“Well, darling, you have always had dreams, you have to pursue your dreams in life, you can go back and get a degree, so I think you should go,” Cowherd said in an impersonation of his mother.Not surprisingly, that was not the only impersonation Cowherd, who is known for his confident radio personality and colorful commentary, performed.While doing an impression of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, Cowherd admitted Scully is someone he looks up to.“Vin Scully is why I work so hard,” Cowherd said. “He is just the best ever and there is no one like him. He just has incredible timing.”Cowherd’s comedic leanings could play more into his show in the near future.“I’m not going to give it away, but in the next six months there is going to be an opportunity for me and I will be hiring Saturday Night Live writers,” he said. “I am a big believer, and I think there is a real gap and opportunity for a mesh of a Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert meets sports.”Cowherd also gave a lot of advice throughout the discussion, some of which might have been surprising to the audience.“I like to be wrong occasionally,” he said. “Sometimes I egregiously just whiff completely and the audience just destroys you but people love you for it when you admit to it.”Cowherd said that some of his worst qualities on the show are his impatience, his need to have a strong opinion and his loudness.Many of the students who came and watched him speak, however, said they admired Cowherd for those exact qualities.“Colin Cowherd is the type of guy who has an opinion, he’s not giving you the same cookie-cutter answers every time you do something and that’s why you can see how hard he works,” said Imran Noorali, a senior majoring in business administration.Cowherd admitted that he sometimes plays up his opinion on his show to make the broadcast more interesting. Cowherd fills a three-hour time slot every weekday, which he equated to 35 columns per day, 175 per week and 600 per month.One of the key aspects of his show is having discussions with different guests, both sports-affiliated and not, that often erupt into heated rants and disagreements.“I think authentic dialogue and conflict is really good, and I am a big believer in that. It’s good to argue with your wife, it’s good to argue with your friends, it’s good to argue with your audience,” Cowherd said. “Don’t be mean — but it’s healthy.”Caroline Deisley, a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism, said she admires Cowherd but finds it difficult to see the current role of women in the industry. Cowherd himself admitted that men make up the majority of his audience.“I found it very interesting to hear what he had to say about women because something I really struggle with is how women are portrayed in the sports media,” Deisley said. “I hate that they are portrayed as being there for the male gaze, that they are always attractive and they are always the sideline reporters.”Ultimately, students said Cowherd’s genuine personality and charisma helped them gain insight into a field they hoped to enter.“One hundred percent what I heard and what I learned played into my studies,” Deisley said. “He gave life advice, he is a professional who has succeeded in it and it’s something that I want to do and he provided me with inspiration go out and do what I wanted but also reminded me of stuff that I need to remember as I go out into the field.”Cowherd said one thing he likes about sports is how it they have the power to bring people together.“With sports there is a connective tissue. Everybody likes sports, they know someone who plays sports, it all kind of connects. It’s not as angry as politics,” he joked.Cowherd will be returning to USC on Friday to broadcast his morning talk show live from Pardee Plaza.