Distinguished Highlanders

Pete Scalia - Alumni

Pete began performing at a young age. He started playing piano at age four and formed his first “band” while attending Delhi Junior High School (now Delhi Middle School). Comfortable onstage and behind the microphone, Pete performed in numerous stage productions at Oak Hills, as well as The Best of Oak Hills talent show. (His parents have the VHS videotapes to prove it!) While working as an office aide his senior year, a school secretary told him “You have a great voice. You should go into broadcasting!” After producing and recording the morning announcements as “Your Friendly Oak Hills Homecoming Announcement Person,” that’s what he did.

After graduating from Oak Hills in 1991, Pete studied communications at Ohio University — where he also hosted and produced original music for numerous stage, radio and television programs. 

Upon graduating from OU, Pete worked behind the scenes at WLWT-TV as a production assistant. That job was cut short, however, by the opportunity to tour with Chicago guitarist T.D. Clark as the opening act for classic rockers Ted Nugent and Bad Company. 

After returning from the road, Pete worked numerous broadcasting jobs in Cincinnati. He worked in radio as a DJ and producer of the Warm 98 (WRRM-FM) morning show; producer of Nick Clooney and later Dusty Rhodes’ morning shows on WSAI-AM; as stadium producer for the Bengals Radio Network — traveling with the team and announcer Dave Lapham; a production assistant for WXIX-TV; and as an audio engineer at Audiocraft recording studios. He also did a lot of freelance musical work through his home recording studio, and eventually toured as keyboardist for Cincinnati funk favorite Freekbass — produced by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bootsy Collins. You can still catch Pete playing music with his dad, Tony (OHHS class of 1968) in their band, Snidely Whiplash.

For many years, Pete also worked extensively through a local talent agency, working as a spokesperson and on-camera talent for many corporate and commercial productions. 

Pete’s talents eventually led him back to WLWT, where he worked as morning traffic reporter. (That’s also where he proposed, on-air, to his beautiful wife, Amy!) From there, Pete anchored morning television at the ABC and FOX duopoly WKEF-TV and WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. After a few years, he became morning anchor of Good Day Columbus at WSYX-TV and WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to his success at GDC, he was lured away by the local competition and is currently morning anchor at 10TV — WBNS-TV in Columbus. 

Around the age of 30, Pete was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. After several years of treatment, he and Amy decided to start a family — which meant discontinuing his medication. Conceiving their first child proved to be difficult, but eventually, they were blessed with their daughter, Lola. Being off of his medications for so long proved life-changing for Pete, resulting in bilateral hip and knee replacement surgeries and many other physical changes. But that did nothing to slow him down. A true RA warrior, Pete considers it an obligation to educate people about arthritis. He is actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation, serving as a board member in Columbus and as emcee of numerous events. He has raised countless funds and raised awareness about arthritis, proving that it is not a “little old lady’s disease.”

Pete and his wife Amy were blessed with a second daughter, Sofia, and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their son, Nicola — who is due to make his grand entrance this April 2018.

Pete Scalia

Inducted:

2018

Graduated:

1991