Bethany College Hosts Sims in Annual Keresty Journalism Lectures

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts will present the John Keresty Lectures in Journalism on October 27. Bethany graduate Dave Sims ’75, TV voice of the Seattle Mariners and National Radio Voice of NFL Sunday Night Football, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. at the Mountainside Conference Center.

Sims is a two-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster. He has worked in many facets of the business — calling play-by-play, hosting talk shows, and anchoring/reporting the sports news. 2010 marks Sims’ fourth season as the TV play-by-play voice of the Seattle Mariners, whose games air on Fox Sports Northwest.

His baseball and football schedules currently preclude remaining as active on the college sports scene, where he called basketball games for ESPN Regional and ESPN from 1991 to 2009, and called Big East Football action on ESPN Regional from 1997-2007. Until 2008, he also hosted “Inside the Big East,” a syndicated show that premiered in 2004 and focused on Conference Basketball and Football. He also provided the play-by-play for the UFL Premiere season.

On the radio you can hear Sims calling Sunday night NFL play-by-play action for Westwood One Radio Sports, where he has been broadcasting NFL games since 1994. Sims will continue to call college basketball games for Westwood One, including men’s NCAA tournament action. His other radio duties include “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K,” a weekly show on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio that he co-hosts with Duke University and Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

The John Keresty Lectures in Journalism, established in 2009, honor the memory of John Gregory Keresty, a 1963 graduate of Bethany College and a business executive who loved the printed word. A bequest from his estate and additional gifts fund the lectures, which examine current topics, trends and issues pertaining to the changing face of journalism. The lectures are open to the public and are sponsored through the Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts.

Keresty (1941-2007), a manager of Hall Manufacturing Corporation in Ringwood, N.J., was a voracious reader of history, newspapers, magazines, non-fiction and journalism reviews. Early in his career, he worked as a newspaper editor and speech writer. His daughters, Laura and Elizabeth Gwynne Keresty, worked with the College to develop the concept for the lecture series.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.