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|Scooter Chapman |
Howard “Scooter” Chapman has been involved with Port Angeles High School sports for almost 61 years. Chapman started his radio career in 1950 while attending Roosevelt High School. KONP hired Chapman as a spotter for football games and score keeper for basketball games. After graduating from Roosevelt, Chapman attended the University of Washington for one year before returning to KONP as a radio announcer and salesman. The radio station and the Port Angeles Evening News were owned by the same people, which allowed Chapman to start writing sports columns.
In 1957 Chapman was drafted by the Army, where he spent two years serving our country as a broadcast specialist at Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago. In his last year of service, he was the producer/director of the then brand new U.S. Army Television Hometown Newscenter team from fifth Army. In 1961, Chapman was recalled to service during the Berlin Crisis and went to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served 10 months until the crisis ended. After his service in the military, Chapman became a sports editor and radio sports director. Juggling these two important roles, Chapman would often times write his articles during radio timeouts.
After 30 years of being the sports editor, Chapman decided to retire, but kept his play-by-play duties with the radio station. In 1996 he decided to contract out with other radio stations, which allowed him to do five sports shows a day and play-by-play for most Port Angeles High School athletics. In his years of sports broadcasting, Chapman only missed four football games, three after triple-bypass surgeries. He was back for the basketball season that year.
Robin Campbell, former Olympic High School Baseball Coach stated, “When you got to Port Angeles, Scooter was someone who made you fell welcomed. He’s always so positive and upbeat.” In 2007, Chapman received the Washington Football Coaches Association’s “Silver Helmet Award”, which is given to a member of the media. He also was awarded the Commendation Award by the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association in 1988.
Currently, Chapman is involved in his community as a 46-year member of the Port Angeles Lions Club with perfect attendance. He emcees various Port Angeles events, including the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby and the Olympic Medical Center Foundation’s Festival of Trees. He is a long time elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and has sung in the Chancel Choir as a boy soprano to an old tenor. Chapman continues to umpire baseball and softball games, but recently has stepped aside as the Western Peninsula Umpires Assigning Secretary after 30 years. He is known for his positive attitude and the way he treated visiting teams, coaches and players. Lane Dowell from KBRO and KITZ radio stated, “He’s truly an icon.”