Ludlow’s Eric Kozlic and Emalee Furtek to Appear on TV During Celtics Telecasts as FSN New England FanCasters

BURLINGTON, MA – For the third consecutive season, FSN New England is hosting an open casting call for its FanCaster program and the regional sports network is happy to announce that it has selected a pair of Ludlow High School students, Eric Kozlic, 16, and Emalee Furtek, 14, as FanCasters for its 25th Celtics season.

Prior to the Celtics home games against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 4, and the Atlanta Hawks on January 6, Kozlic and Furtek, respectively, will tape introductions to the Celtics “Heroes Among Us” presentation on the legendary parquet floor. FSN New England will show their on-camera introductions and video of the Hero Award presentations during the Celtics Post-Game Show.

“Students from around the region enter the FanCaster program in hopes of landing one of 41 spots. Eric and Emalee submitted excellent audition tapes and we are proud to select them as FSN New England FanCasters,” said Nancy Larkin, FSN New England vice president of marketing and development. “During their FanCaster experiences, Erica and Emalee will see how our game day production is put together and learn about the many unique careers inside the media industry.”

In addition to appearing on TV during the telecast, their FanCaster experiences will also feature a tour of the FSN high definition production truck; an opportunity to meet the FSN New England telecast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn and Greg Dickerson; and a behind the scenes look at how FSN New England prepares for a telecast during its 25th season of Boston Celtics basketball.

FSN New England uses the FanCaster program to help educate TV viewers about the Celtics Heroes Among Us Program. The Hero Award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community. At each home game, the Celtics and their fans salute the exemplary efforts of these citizens during a special in-game, center court presentation.

Over the previous two seasons, FSN New England has selected 60 FanCasters from more than 400 entries. FSN New England’s FanCaster is open to students, age 13-18, who are interested in a career in the media and entertainment.

To enter, each student must send an entry form and a videotape of him or herself reading an audition script to FSN. FanCasters will be selected based on their TV presence and the quality of the video. Students and media teachers can find a FanCaster tool kit, including the entry form, the script and rules at

The VHS ONLY tape must be labeled with the student’s name, age, school, home phone number and address, and sent along with the entry form to:

FSN New England FanCaster
42 Third Avenue
Burlington MA, 01803

Media teachers and students without web access can also obtain information at (781) 270-7252 or (781) 270-7251. FSN New England will select 41 FanCasters during the season. To ensure that all students get a chance to enter, FSN New England has a rolling deadline for submissions. Entries should be sent immediately, but must be received by April 1, 2006.

FSN New England reaches more than 3.7 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. FSN New England’s programming includes Boston Celtics, Mohegan Sun’s New England Sports Tonight, Mohegan Sun’s New England Tailgate, New England Revolution, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Sports List, and Beyond the Glory. FSN New England is owned and managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. Visit for more information.

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