Buzz Bissinger & Steve Martorano
H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger is among the nation’s most honored and distinguished writers. A native ofNew York City, Buzz is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and the National Headliners Award, among others. He also was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of three highly acclaimed nonfiction books: Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City and Three Nights in August.
Buzz has been a reporter for some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers; a magazine writer with published work in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated; and a co-producer and writer for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue. Two of his works were made into the critically acclaimed films Friday Night Lights and Shattered Glass; three more are in active development. Friday Night Lights also serves as the inspiration for the television series of the same name..
Buzz graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover in 1972 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. His journalism career began at the Ledger-Star in Norfolk,VA. He then moved to The St. Paul Pioneer Press and later The Philadelphia Inquirer. It was at the Inquirer in 1987 that he and two colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting a six-part investigative series on the Philadelphia Court System.
In 1988, Buzz left the Inquirer and moved to Odessa,Texas to write Friday Night Lights, a book about the impact of high school football on small-town life. The New York Times number one bestseller, published in 1990, has sold roughly two million copies and is still in print.
Steve Martorano is now entering his fourth decade of broadcasting, Steve brings a wide range of experience both in front of and behind the microphones and cameras. A Philadelphia native he began his on air career in the early 70’s ,the dawn of the “progressive radio” era, as a pioneering DJ at WDAS-FM and WMMR-FM. Steve also has, over a twenty-year period, worked in both the news and news/talk formats in Boston, from 1988 to 1994 at WBZ-AM and WHDH-AM and Philadelphia at WWDB-FM, WPHT-AM and must recently at Sports Radio 610 WIP.
In addition to his radio experience, Steve also has written and produced numerous television documentaries as well as having worked in public broadcasting in 1971 to 1973 at WNET-TV, New York City, on the award winning nightly news and public affairs program The 51st State. He has also co-created and hosted The Review, for Comcast’s CN8 and The Phantom Gourmet for New England Cable News.
On the managerial side, Steve has worked with Electric Factory Concerts, in their new media/marketing department, as Director of Operations for radio station WMMR-FM, 1994-1998 and created and directed the online internet based radio station The Voice while consulting for Village Voice Media in 2001.
Other consultant clients include Parco International, producers of non-fiction television, the People’s Medical Society and the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.