Rich Waltz spent more than a decade as the TV voice of the Florida Marlins. He now works for various national outlets including MLB Network, CBS Sports Network and others. This week we take a deep dive into the X's and O's of calling baseball on TV.
Ted Leitner has, for 40 years, been the voice of the San Diego Padres on radio. Well traveled from and to the east coast and back he's covered the NFL, NBA, MLB and college athletics. Know for his distinct approach and personalty and his love for "My Padres," Leitner is this week's guest on PxPCast!
Jason Horowitz was first introduced to sports media consumers as a contestant on the second season of ESPN's Dream Job. Since then he's been all over the place, namely in the studio with Westwood One for the NFL and Olympics coverage ... but he's also tackled play-by-play with CBS SN and Big Ten Network. It's one of the more entertaining episodes we've had, this week with Jason Horowitz!
Mike Reis has been the voice of the SIU Salukis since he was, well, in college. Still in school when he called the 1977 College World Series, Reis has never left Carbondale more than four decades later. Beloved across Illinois and the midwest, Reis is one of the best college voices in the country.
Donny Baarns had a huge 2018. The veteran MiLB broadcaster made his MLB debut, filling in for the A's in the fall. For several years he's called spring training games for the A's and currently calls middle innings for the Omaha Storm Chasers. Donny talks about his ascent through the minors, taking a leap of faith in moving to Omaha, making his MLB debut and more.
The title of this episode is a little misleading. Leah Secondo does indeed work for CBS Sports Network. It's where she and I call women's basketball from time to time. But she does so much else for so many sports in so many chairs and on so many networks. And she's a pioneer when it comes to women in the industry. Follow along on episode #137 with Leah Secondo.
Brendan Burke is one of the brightest young broadcasters in pro hockey, and he's still only in his mid-30's. Also a voice of hockey on NBC and football on FOX, Burke climbed his way up the ranks before he took over for Howie Rose on Islanders broadcasts.
Anne Marie Anderson didn't start in play-by-play ... actually, she didn't even start her career on-air. A former producer at ESPN and Emmy winner as part of SportsCenter, Anne Marie continued to pursue the next challenge each step of her career. She eventually climbed her way to sideline reporting, analyst work and the play-by-play chair.
Steve Wolf has worked with CBS Sports Network since back in the CSTV days. Originally getting his start as a radio analyst for Xavier men's basketball, Steve worked his way into a larger TV role as he ascended through the business. Steve talks how he got into broadcasting, calling a sport that wasn't in his wheelhouse, how he creates his relationship with his partners, his prep and more.