Media legend and beloved sports-world personality Tony Ventrella offers keynote presentations for corporate meetings and nonprofit organizations aimed at getting the most out of each individual and using that energy to build and maintain a positive, dynamic team. Tony uses a blend of humor, energy and no nonsense problem solving to inform, educate and entertain his audience. His talks are a lively, entertaining approach to the possibilities of the human spirit. Using real life stories and experiences he’ll take you on a fun, informative journey to the height of your potential and the limits of your imagination.
Tony began public speaking his first week on the job in radio. It started with short appearances at sports banquets and eventually led to the development of Positive Energy Productions and the publishing of his first book, “Smile in the Mirror.” Tony finds great joy in sharing stories of inspiration with audiences all across the Pacific Northwest. He’s been speaking at meetings, luncheons and dinners for almost 30 years focusing on the best of human potential.” Since my child hood dream was to be either the play by play voice of the New York Yankees or a comedian I feel fortunate to have landed somewhere in between,” Tony says. Tony also offers voice-over services, commercial writing, on-camera services and public speaker training workshops.
Tony Ventrella began his career in journalism and broadcasting at the age of 22 while operating a barber shop in Wilton, Connecticut. “One day a friend came in for a haircut and let me know he was leaving for the U.S. Army the following week. He mentioned that the editor of the local newspaper, the Wilton Bulletin was looking for a reporter. Knowing my interest in sports he suggested I apply for the part time job.”
The following week Tony was sitting in the bleachers at a high school basketball game with a scorebook and a notebook. The editor of the Bulletin offered to consider him the job as long as he was willing to cover a couple of games as an audition. Tony jumped at the chance and for the next seven years was Sports Editor of the Wilton Bulletin, while also running the Village barber Shop.
A few weeks after starting at the Bulletin he walked into WMMM radio in Westport and applied for a football play by play job. The general manager offered Tony the same deal as the Bulletin editor. Next thing he knew he was at a high school football game calling play by play into a tape recorder. Tony’s audition tape earned him a job doing football and basketball games and a daily sports show on WMMM.
Seven years later He applied and landed the Sports Director position at WANE TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After four years in the mid west he was recruited by a New York City company and landed a weekend sports anchor job in Seattle at KOMO TV. Fourteen months after that Tony became Sports Director at KING 5 TV.
27 years later Tony is still reporting sports in the Seattle area as Digital Media host of the Seattle Seahawks.
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