You can see another side of WWAY-TV3 anchor Steve Rondinaro as he hosts a national telecast on ESPN2 Wednesday night September 5 at 10 p.m. Eastern. Rondinaro will be anchoring the 2007 Drum Corps International World Championship Summer Music Games.
"When Steve first popped up on Channel 3 in April I stopped dead in my tracks," says North Brunswick High Band Director Mark Riel. "This guy is a legend in the band and drum corps world." Riel has already enlisted him to MC North Brunswick’s October band show.
"We call Drum Corps International (DCI), Marching Music’s Major League," says DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson. "It’s a youth activity built on an incredible commitment to excellence. People who watch this show will be amazed by the quality of what we do. Steve has been the face of DCI for 29 years and counting."
Rondinaro got involved in drum corps when they started a group in his hometown when he was nine years old. It has never left his blood, even after the rules said he could no longer compete at age 21. Instead he helped run and teach drum corps as a volunteer and became a fixture on drum corps telecasts. He co-hosted his first national show on PBS in 1979 with legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. The next year he was teamed with actress Rita Moreno and later sports announcer Curt Gowdy, among others.
"It’s quite an accomplishment for anyone to host a national show for 29 straight years," says the program’s producer Tom Blair, another drum corps veteran. Blair has worked on Superbowls, the World Series, and the Olympics. "Name an announcer synonymous with the best of his sport and that’s what Steve Rondinaro is to the drum and bugle corps activity. He’s an absolute pro."
Ironically, Rondinaro will be competing against himself on the night of the 5th in Wilmington. The show was pre-recorded and when the second hour begins on ESPN2 he’ll be live on the air with the news on WWAY at 11 p.m. "It’s pretty special when one of our people is hosting a national show like this and Steve loves it," says WWAY General Manager Andy Combs. “We’ll give our viewers a special pass that night, as long as they’re back on the sixth.”