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LT student says reporting Blackhawks game at Soldier Field was unreal

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 1:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:52 p.m. CDT
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Jonathan Janas, a senior at Lyons Township High School and WLTL Radio sports director, reported a live broadcast from Soldier Field in Chicago of the Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins March 1.

LA GRANGE PARK – While most fans at the NHL Stadium Series game at Solider Field were outside, freezing in the middle of a snow flurry, one La Grange Park resident described his unique indoor experience at the game as unreal.

Jonathan Janas, a senior at Lyons Township High School and WLTL Sports Director, reported a live broadcast from the game March 1.

Janas, who was given the opportunity through his radio teacher, Christopher Thomas, said of all the games he's broadcast, this was the best experience.

"Nothing compared to this," Janas said. "It just shows the culmination of all my hard work."

When he first entered the press box, Janas said everyone inside knew what they were doing, so he didn't let the nerves get to him.

"Not a lot of people get to do that ever," Janas said. "I really wanted to take the best advantage of it."

After the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penquins, Janas was given the opportunity to interview Blackhawks' Captain Jonathan Toews.

Janas, who asked Toews how the Olympic and Stadium Series experiences have been, said he didn't realize until after asking the question that his knee had been bouncing the entire time.

After starting at the radio station, 88.1 FM, as an extracurricular activity as a junior, it was "love at first broadcast" according to Janas.

Post graduation, Janas plans to study journalism and sports broadcasting at the University of Missouri.

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