‘Double Yoi!’ Point Park University Will Host Myron Cope Day
The best Myron Cope impersonators can win scholarships or Point Park merch.
You may know him as the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the creator of the Terrible Towel or for one of his many infamous expressions — “okel dokel,” “yoi” and “zound.” Sound familiar?
However you know him, almost every Pittsburgher has heard of the late Myron Cope.
The School of Communication at Point Park University plans to honor the sports broadcaster and journalist with Myron Cope Day, slated for Feb. 7. The university will be celebrating by offering scholarships to prospective students and looking for the best Myron Cope impersonators.
Two Myron Cope soundalike competitions will be judged by Greg Brown; Keith Paylo, vice president and dean of students at Point Park; and Kevin Taylor, associate athletic director and director of athletic communications at Point Park.
The first competition will be for high school students who plan to attend Point Park to study sports communication or broadcasting. The prospective students can win a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2022 semester. Prospective students can enter their Cope soundalike videos by going to YouTube, posting a video and emailing the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Five $500 scholarships will be awarded.
The second Myron Cope soundalike competition will be for people who attend the Myron Cope Day events. The top three Cope soundalikes will win a Point Park sweatshirt. Other contestants will receive a Point Park T-shirt or mug.
Bernie Ankney, dean of the School of Communication, and Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation, will also emcee panel discussions, which will be held Monday in 200 Lawrence Hall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Panelists will include sports professionals from print, broadcast and radio sharing the impact that Cope had on their lives.
Cope was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a color commentator for the Steelers for 35 years. He retired from the broadcast booth in 2005 — the same year he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and received the Pete Rozelle Award for long time exceptional contributions to pro football in television and radio.
He died on Feb. 27, 2008.
You can register for Point Park’s free Myron Cope Day event on Eventbrite.