Congratulations to 2016 Silver Circle inductee Paul Rudy.
Born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, young Paul Rudy was a professional tennis instructor who one afternoon gave a tennis lesson to the News Director at WKOW-TV of Madison Wisconsin. That 30-minute lesson turned into a 32 year television career.
After bluffing his way through an interview, Rudy was hired as a news photographer, but when the video on his first assignment turned out a frightening shade of blue, Rudy was demoted to Sports.
Seven stations and three time zones later, he landed in California, where in the spring of 1998 he turned up at the doorstep of KUSI News in San Diego. In 1999, Rudy suggested expanding the station’s sportscast into what became The Prep Pigskin Report. The one-of-a-kind high school football show has since won seven Emmys and launched dozens of broadcast careers. The “PPR” has become a Friday night staple in San Diego television.
“A lot of stations do sports shows,” Rudy says, “but in my opinion, what we do with PPR is unmatched anywhere in the nation. Every Friday night we turn highlights from 40 local games, throw in countless features, and you have the fastest 65 minutes in television!”