Scott LaMar has worked in both radio and television for more than four decades.
Currently, LaMar is the Host and Executive Producer of The Spark program on WITF-FM, 89.5 & 93.3 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Previously, LaMar was WITF TV’s Sr. Public Affairs producer and produced the station’s award-winning weekly public affairs TV program, Smart Talk.
In addition to his on-air duties, LaMar has moderated political candidate debates, including those for candidates running for Pennsylvania governor and the U.S. Senate and was a regular contributor to BBC World News TV before and after the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.
LaMar often emcees or moderates local events and has gone as far as California to emcee a national event.
The American Society of Civil Engineers honored LaMar with their national Excellence in Journalism award in 2020. He has been nominated for five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
LaMar and The Spark have been recognized throughout the Central Pennsylvania community including ADVOZ Lancaster’s “Dignity in Dialogue Award”, the South-Central Assembly’s “Regional Citizen Award” and was named a “Humanitarian Hero” by The Humane Society of the United States/Pennsylvania.
A native of Coatesville, Pa., LaMar has also worked as a broadcast news anchor, sports play-by-play announcer and manager.
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Much like traditional sports, students learn communication, how to handle stress and overcome failure through esports.
Listen to Smart Talk every weekday at 9:30 am and 7:30 pm on WITF 89.5 & 93.3. You can also stream WITF radio live on our website or ask your smart speaker to “Play WITF Radio.”
Airdate: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Video games are no longer just associated with kids wasting their time while they could be outdoors playing. That”s what adults trying to get their sons and daughters away from video games sometimes thought. Today, video games are credited with broadening young people’s interest and passion for science and the arts. And esports have created a whole new field of competition for high schools and colleges.
The Whitaker Center for the Science and the Arts in Harrisburg has just opened a first-of-its-kind facility that they say “will capitalize on the massive popularity of video games and esports while offering educational, experiential learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to children eight years and older.“
It’s called the PNC Innovation Zone and it features a 2,000–square–footPurposeful Gaming Studio along with oCapacity for up to 30 gaming stations and 12 gaming consoles o10 75–inch,high–definition flat screen televisions o12–foot, high–definition projection screen oEsports tiered seating for spectators.
We’ll learn about the PNC Innovation Zone on Tuesday’s Smart Talk from Ted Black, CEO of Whitaker Center, Jim Hoehn, regional president of PNC Bank, and Amy Rote from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.