Attorney Joe Ferretti was born on August 7, 1961. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1987. He was previously employed by Steptoe & Johnson as a litigation associate from 1987 to 1992. Joe founded Hammer, Ferretti & Schiavoni in 1992. His personal interests include golf, fly fishing and biking. Joe has also helped Sports Radio 1340 WEPM for 8 years as a regular co-host of Panhandle Live and for the past three seasons as a color analyst of all of Sports Radio 1340 WEPM High School Football Games.
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It was a sad day as we gathered at the studios on Weds to send Fred Persinger, II off to Beckley and his new home with WV Radio. I had the pleasure of doing color on the football broadcasts for three years and was a frequent guest on his In The Zone sports show on WEPM. In three years I was witnessing Fred start to develop a history about Eastern Panhandle sports and a great relationship with the many coaches and Athletic Directors in the area. I was not surprised at all when Steve Campbell, AD for Musselman High, approached and uttered these first words to me at our recent volleyball banquet: "Quite a loss with Fred leaving". Indeed it is.
His play by play skills are excellent and what I enjoyed most was that he was not above having a little fun in the booth. I little levity goes a long way in a 60-7 football game and Fred allowed for a little ad lib and poking fun at ourselves and others. As much as the games, that made me look forward to the events.
He also was prepared with stats and player angles, even though that was, in part, my job. This made the broadcast informative and I hope entertaining even when I was not contributing a whole lot. That is one measure of a broadcaster, I believe. He was someone who could carry the game alone if necessary. I felt like I could walk out at any time and he would easily cover the color commentary as well as the game action, he was that good.
I know his goal was to land a Division I job someday and that may still happen. Regardless, he has exhibited talent and keen insight that warrants such a job, whether it comes to fruition or not. I hope someday it happens but in the meantime I will count myself as fortunate to have worked at his side for three short seasons. It is a shame the Eastern Panhandle could not have held onto him longer but I realize his opportunity down south was too attractive. Statewide radio is next Fred and I look forward to hearing you again.