Blair, Graffagnini, Fazende, eight prep coaches to speak Tuesday at GNOSF QB Club
LSU Network play-by-play announcer Chris Blair, Tulane Network play-by-play announcer Todd Graffagnini, Fox 8 Sports anchor and reporter Sean Fazende and eight local high school coaches will speak at the weekly meeting of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at noon at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
All eight coaches participating in the annual Archbishop Hannan Classic will appear to speak on their rivalry games: Eric Rebaudo of Holy Cross, Mark Songy of Jesuit, Mark Bonis of Brother Martin, Al Jones of St. Augustine, Jay Roth of Archbishop Rummel, Tommy Connors of Archbishop Shaw, Ryan Manale of De La Salle and Chris Lachney of Riverside.
Blair in his second season as “Voice of the Tigers” after joining the LSU Sports Network in 2015 after serving in the same capacity at Georgia Southern for 10 years. Blair’s resume covers virtually all aspects of broadcasting, with broadcast management and marketing positions in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. Blair basically grew up inside a radio station, working at age 14 for his father, also a long-time broadcaster. Blair also worked for the Clemson Tiger Sports Network and at Lander University.
Graffagnini is in his 11th season as “Voice of the Green Wave,” handling play-by-play duties for football, men’s basketball and baseball. Graffagnini appears on various radio shows, has done minor league baseball play-by-play and his association with Tulane dates back to the early 1990’s, when he began working on Tulane baseball broadcasts.
A graduate of Brother Martin High School, Fazende grew up in Gretna and started in the industry at HTV in Houma after graduating from LSU. He started at Fox 8 as a producer and reporter and graduated to becoming a sports reporter and anchor, the capacity he serves in today.
Holy Cross and Jesuit square off in the Great American Rivalry game on Friday, Sept. 29 in the 98th renewal of one of the oldest rivalries in Louisiana which began in 1922 in a game that you can watch at CrescentCitySports.com. Gentilly rivals St. Augustine and Brother Martin will square off Saturday night, Sept. 30 in a game that you can listen to on WGSO, 990 AM and at WGSO.com. Archbishop Rummel battles Archbishop Shaw Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium in a game that you can listen to on WGSO, 990 AM and at WGSO.com. De La Salle battles Riverside Friday night, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Reserve.
Speakers from the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and Prep football will address the audience weekly, along with special guest speakers from the sports world locally and nationally.
A local high school player of the week is chosen throughout the season with a metro prep player of the year announced at the end of the season, sponsored by the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Lunch is served weekly every Tuesday.
In addition, Chevron sponsors student-athletes of the week each week, who receive plaques and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.
Annual standard membership is $50. Luncheons are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members for the 16 week schedule (Aug. 29-Dec. 12). Click here to buy luncheon tickets online.
CrescentCitySports.com serves as the official web site of the GNOSF Quarterback Club while Compliance Technology Group remains a presenting sponsor, along with Strength Systems and WGSO 990am. Weekly releases and the list of weekly speakers can be found at CrescentCitySports.com.
The Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club has teamed up with GameDay magazine to provide you the opportunity to purchase every 2017 Saints regular home game program for one subscription price with proceeds benefiting the Quarterback Club. Just click on this link to order and they will mail you the program on the Friday prior to the home games. This is an excellent way for you to support your QB Club and receive the beautiful first-class magazine of the New Orleans Saints.
For more information on joining the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-6080 or at [email protected].
**The GNOSF Quarterback Club also offers a season ticket package, covering dues and all 15 luncheons for a significant savings over the course of the season.
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