Obituary: Alexander 'Alex' Gavula / Broadcast buff founded his college's radio station

Aug. 30, 1957 - Aug. 16, 2014

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Alexander “Alex” Gavula made a career in radio and TV but you never saw him on either.

Mr. Gavula, 56, was among the numerous people whose technical, behind-the-scenes work make broadcasts possible.

An audio expert, Mr. Gavula was on a business trip to New York City where he was to work for ESPN when he died unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 16.

A Morgantown, W.Va., resident for more than 35 years, he grew up in Greenfield and Squirrel Hill. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and attended the former California State College, now California University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University.

At WVU, he was a member of the original launching committee of college radio station WWVU-FM, known as U-92. He served the station in various capacities such as broadcast engineer, general manager and, unofficially, its biggest cheerleader. He mentored countless students who later went on to careers in the broadcast field.

He also worked on the production staff of WWVU-TV, which later became WNPB, and also did voice-over promos for the station.

In 1988, he began work as a traveling audio assistant for ESPN’s “Thursday Night College Football.”

In 1990, he joined the regular ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew where he worked until his death. His audio work for the show earned him an Emmy nomination in 2007.

His work in television audio also included pinning microphones on two U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and working on President Barack Obama’s first inauguration broadcast for ABC News.

He is survived by his mother, Ann, of Morgantown.

Friends will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., Morgantown, from 3 to 9 p.m. today. On Wednesday, Mr. Gavula will be moved to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 2115 Listravia Ave., Sabraton, W.Va., where he will lie in repose from 9 a.m. until the time of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. The Graveside Committal Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Mt. Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown.


Michael A. Fuoco: mfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1968.


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