The Cardinals flamed out Wednesday against the D-Backs, but Mike Shannon lit up the room hours later promoting the St. Louis Press Club‘s Media Person of the Year Dinner, September 29th at Lumen Private Event, the swelegant restored space in the Packard Loft Building at 22nd and Locust Streets. Press Club prez Dick Weiss reminisced with more than 100 in attendance about the Moon Man’s storied past. “Over eight seasons as a Cardinals player and nearly 40 as a broadcaster, Mike has made us feel like we are all part of the team,” Weiss said. “Through Mike’s call of the game, we share in a story that goes back generations and will continue on for many years.” For his part, Mike said he was particularly pleased that funds from the dinner would underwrite scholarships and internships for young journalists. “They are the future,” he told Press Club supporters. And, speaking of the future, Shannon pointed to KTRS radio’s sports host Mike Claiborne as an up-and-comer and, perhaps, the next Cardinals play-by-play man. Claiborne will be emcee at the Media Person of the Year dinner, which will also feature Joe Buck and Tony LaRussa. The gambol will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Among those on hand for the Shannon do was Bob Fox of New Space and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Fox is orchestrating an auction on behalf of the Press Club in which 100 stuffed Fredbirds with Shannon’s autograph will be offered to those attending the dinner. Others on hand were: Harriet Blickenstaff of Blick & Staff Communications, Laura Hobson Bond of Fox 2, Martin Duggan of Donnybrook fame, Jeff Gordon, P-D online columnist, Susan Hegger and Mary Leonard of the St. Louis Beacon, florists Gail and Walter Knoll, Sr., Larry Levin of the Jewish Light, Diane and Paul Gallant, Webster U.’s Karen Luebert, Bill McClellan, McGraw Milhaven of KTRS, Steve Moore of KMOX, Tom Pagano of Fleishman-Hillard, Shannon’s sidekick in the booth John Rooney and Mary Swan of AmerenUE. For ducats or sponsorship of the Media Person of the Year event, call 636-230-1973.