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Junior Broadcasters, T.J. shine

Eight local kids (aged 8-10) competed in front of the lights and cameras of the media studio inside Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday.

The kids were competing for the chance to be named the Bengals 3-a-Day Junior Broadcaster, sponsored by The American Dairy Association. The winner not only received four tickets and sideline passes to the Bengals game on December 14, but their recorded broadcast will run on the stadium's video board during the game.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh was on hand to judge the kids' sportscasting skills. Joining him in the difficult task of choosing just one winner was Bengals radio play-by-play announcer and Channel 12 sports anchor Brad Johansen and Mike Sieminski of the Dairy Association.

Although all contestants proved we've got a bright young generation of sportscasters, one in particular stood out to be named the Bengals 3-a-Day Junior Broadcaster for 2008.

Kala Sanders of Cincinnati's Lincoln Heights Elementary brought the enthusiasm and spirit that the judges were looking for.

T.J. and Kala
All contestants were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Paul Brown Stadium, including a trip through the locker room and a visit to the playing field. But their good fortune didn't end there. T.J. was so impressed with the efforts of all contestants, he rewarded each of them two tickets to the December 14 game.

Houshmandzadeh also took some time to talk with the kids about the importance of enjoying healthy foods and staying physically active, something he obviously knows plenty about.

As the fun-filled memorable night came to an end one could hear the kids exclaiming "This is the best day of my life!" as they left the stadium.

Mr. Sanders, Kala's proud father, summed up the night: "I wish we could say that this was a dream come true, but we couldn't have possibly dreamed of something this good."

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