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Local Radio Show Celebrates First Birthday

Steven Johnston, host of the "Press Pass" doing radio play-by-play last season.
Steven Johnston, host of the “Press Pass” doing radio play-by-play last season.

“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you.”

Not even two minutes into the hour-long broadcast and Steven Johnston was serenading his audience.

“Happy Birthday dear Press Pass. Happy Birthday to you.”

That’s right, on Tuesday the Press Pass radio show celebrated its one year anniversary. If you haven’t heard of the Press Pass, where have you been? This weekday sports talk
show covers a wide array of topics, including high school, college, and professional sports’ teams.

Johnston is a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and has a degree in Radio, Television and Film from University of North Texas. Johnston landed an internship at 105.3 The
Fan in Dallas. After graduating, an application was sent to the Mt. Pleasant station so that he could be closer to his family. However, an opening wasn’t available.

East Texas Broadcasting in Paris needed someone and after several interviews with Station Manager Bob Haschke, program director Dave Johnson and Cindy Delaney, the job was given to Steven. Since that time, he has became a well known person around the area schools with players and coaches alike. Besides hosting the Press Pass, Johnston has
done play-by-play for both North Lamar and Paris High.

“Throughout my career I have done Television play-by-play, radio play-by-play, radio sports news, radio broadcasting sports commentary and sports talk radio,” Johnston says.

One of the things that makes his show so great is his passion for sports. Having the opportunity to co-host several broadcasts with him, I was able to watch first hand as he
bounced from High School basketball playoffs, to the Josh Brent trial in Dallas and then to the topic of the greatest NBA Power Forward of all time. All of this happened
with in an hour’s time slot and yet it seemed so natural.

“I have two goals when it comes to this show,” Steven told me.”One is to entertain and inform local listeners of what’s going on with our local athletes. You never know who’s
mom, dad, grandma or grandpa can’t make it out to the games. They can listen to the play by play, but with sports talk, they also get to hear how great their kid was on Friday
night in a more elaborate way.”

Elaborate might be an understatement. Johnston has the ability to point out plays and statistics that make each player feel important. He has even had dozens of the local
athletes join him in studio to talk about their respective schools and sports. Whether its the North Lamar Volleyball team during their playoff run or members of the PJC
basketball team before the National Tournament in Kansas, Johnston is doing what he can to promote local sports in this area.

Other guests on the press pass include former Dallas Cowboy Tony Casillas, Dallas Mavericks writer Mike Fisher, Shan Sheriff from KRLD in Dallas, all Lamar County high school
Athletic Directors, all the volleyball coaches, former Chisum and current Green Bay Packers rookie Jeremy Eddington and former PGA golf pro John Adams. Ths list is sure to
grow as the Press Pass continues to gain momentum going forward.

As far as Steven’s second goal?

“I want to promote myself. I spent a lot of time in the Dallas market during college. Having a taste of that is ultimately what made me fall in love with radio.”
From my viewpoint, he’s doing a good job with the second goal. Be sure to check out the Press Pass on KPLT 1490am and 96.3fm weekdays 4:30-5:30.

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