On Friday, March 9, sports editor John Lund will work his last day for the Wyoming County Press Examiner. For four and three-quarter years, he’s been fortunate enough to cover state champions and runner-ups, district champions and runner-ups, several individual athletic accomplishments, professional baseball players, a Super Bowl champion, and much, much more. Because many student-athletes often ask what he would say for their Athlete of the Week questions, John will finally answer some of them for his final goodbye.
Grade, age, hometown: University of Scranton Class of 2012, 28, Olyphant
Family: John, father; JoAnn, mother.
Sports I played: Baseball and basketball for Bishop O’Hara and Holy Cross High Schools, highlighted by the Crusaders’ first District 2 Class 2A title in 2008.
Athletes I admire: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, John Elway, Peyton Manning, J.J. Redick
Favorite Movies: “Space Jam,” “Remember the Titans,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Dumb and Dumber,” “Titanic,” “Home Alone,” “The 1996 MLB Official World Series Video”
Favorite TV shows: “SpongeBob SquarePants” (before the movie), “Boy Meets World,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “Seinfeld,” “Game of Thrones,” “Friday Night Lights”
Favorite bands/artist: The Beatles, Billy Joel, John Mayer, Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay, The Killers
Favorite food: Doritos Locos Tacos, sesame seed chicken from Wah Mei, my grandmother’s homemade meatballs and macaroni.
Favorite high school subjects: History and English
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Dave Grohl, Babe Ruth and Mike Krzyzewski”
Biggest role model: “My father because he never missed watching a game or a concert, nor reading an article or listening to a show. He’s always been there in supporting me, and I’ve always tried to return the favor and make him proud.”
Post- Examiner plans: “I’ll be working at SiriusXM in New York City as an Associate Producer for the College Conference Channels.”
Superstitions or rituals: “If I move to a different vantage point for photos during a game and the team I’m covering starts playing worse, I’ll go back to my original spot.”
What were some of your goals when you took this position? “I wanted to start up and grow a presence on social media, since the newspaper had none at the time. The Examiner currently has more than 2,000 followers on Facebook and 600 on Twitter, and counting”
Did you work on anything specific to get ready for the position? “I was a sports writer for the The Aquinas, the University of Scranton’s then newspaper, before moving up to sports editor for my last two years in college.”
How would you describe your writing style? “The stories for a week’s worth of games for that season’s sports teams are pretty straight-forward. You’ll know if teams won or lost and what their record is within the first couple paragraphs. For byline stories with interviews from players or coaches, I’d try to reel in the readers with a strong hook in the first several paragraphs and hope they’ll keep reading once they understand what they’ll be reading about.”
What won’t you miss about being sports editor? “Deadline day."
What made you decide to pursue radio? “I was hosted a music show and sports show for the University of Scranton radio station, 99.5 WUSR, and fell in love with it. That led to starting my own sports podcast that has featured many guests from sports media and former athletes as well.”
What’s been your favorite part of being sports editor for the Wyoming County Press Examiner ? “The relationships I’ve developed with coaches, players, families and co-workers. Because the sports section is mainly focused around just three school districts, one of which is right up the road, quite a bit of time was spent with the teams covered, especially at Tunkhannock. I was fortunate enough to remain at this position long enough to watch freshman grow up and graduate, and long enough to build a repertoire with coaches to make interviews a breeze. Saying goodbye to all of that is the hardest part, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Where can we find you now? “My sports show, The Bridge, can be found at www.lundinbridge.com and on iTunes by searching for The Bridge Sports Podcast. I’m also on Twitter, @lundinbridge.