TV host from Plum tosses out first pitch

Appearing on a nationally syndicated television program is an old hat for Plum native Steven Fabian. As one of the young, caffeinated hosts of “RightThisMinute,” he is used to jumping into an unscripted format and thinking on his feet.

The hard part, he said, is a cool but nerve-wracking fallout from his success on screen: Mr. Fabian will be throwing out the honorary first pitch at the Pirates-Diamondbacks game Thursday at PNC Park. He‘‍s been practicing to avoid a repeat of the much-mocked effort by rapper 50 Cent before a Mets game at Citi Field.

“I am a huge Pirates fan; have been all my life,” said Mr. Fabian, whose show tapes in Phoenix. He has a Major League Baseball cable subscription that allows him to watch every game. “It borders on obsession. When you start to know all of the minor league players and you know their stats, it‘‍s like ’‍Oh my, you‘‍re putting a lot of time into this,’‍ ” he added.

'RightThisMinute' host to throw out first pitch at PNC Park

"RightThisMinute" reporter and Pittsburgh native Steve Fabian is going to throw out the first pitch at the Pirates game on Thursday. He's taking his duties very seriously." (Video courtesy of "RightThisMinute"; 7/2/2014)

Mr. Fabian was athletic at Plum High School and later played volleyball at Allegheny College and New York University. Sports was fun, but he was equally immersed in learning the tricks of the broadcast trade.

He hosted a college hip-hop radio program, was in public relations for a pro indoor soccer team, worked an online entertainment gig while living with his sister in Philadelphia and became skilled at shooting and editing his own stuff. He also jokes about “that period of my life where I had several low-pay or no-pay jobs.”

He finally caught a break, working as a correspondent for Channel One News, which broadcasts to about 6 million high school and junior high students daily. Channel One News gave him some edgy assignments: including the reports on the drug scene in Juarez, Mexico, and neo-Nazis in the U.S. and Germany.

“RightThisMinute” takes videos both viral and soon-to-be-everywhere and cooks up a twice-daily, 30-minute smorgasbord of practical jokes, dogs looking guilty and road rage incidents. The hosts each chose three or four videos they discovered or were unearthed by the show’‍s team of researchers.

With more than 2 million daily viewers, ‘‍RightThisMinute“ is touted as syndication’‍s most-watched new show. It airs in markets covering 85 percent of the country; it‘‍s carried locally by WPXI at 3 a.m. weekdays, 4 a.m. on weekends and also can be watched on HLN.

Mr. Fabian cited a recent example of a Facebook video posted by a friend of a friend of one of the show’‍s cameramen. The videographer, a scientist, had fallen into an icy crevasse and despite his injuries, shot video as he worked his way out. ”RightThisMinute“ was able to find him in the hospital and conduct an interview.

“Two days later, he [the video] was anywhere and everywhere, and we got him first.”

Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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