Kevin Burkhardt
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Burkhardt in 2018
BornMarch 2, 1974 1973/1974 (age 48–49)
Alma materWilliam Paterson University
OccupationSportscaster
SpouseRachel
ChildrenLogan, Brook

Kevin Burkhardt (born 1973/1974)[1] is an American sportscaster. He is currently the lead play-by-play voice for the NFL on Fox, lead studio host for Fox Major League Baseball, and was formerly a reporter with SportsNet New York (SNY), Burkhardt was the field reporter during New York Mets telecasts from 2007 to 2014. He also called select Mets games during both spring training and the regular season during that time. He has been the primary studio host for Major League Baseball (MLB) telecasts on Fox and FS1 since the 2014 season. He also hosts the "Reunion" episodes of the History Channel's Alone. Burkhardt is best known for his part on MLB pre and postgame coverage for the regular season, including the MLB All-Star Game and MLB at Field of Dreams games, and the post-season, including the World Series.[2]

Biography

Early life and career

Burkhardt grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey doing play-by-play for Nintendo games in his junior high school days, idolizing Gary Cohen (who was later his partner in the Mets' broadcast booth).[3] He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1992.[4] A 1997 graduate of William Paterson University, Burkhardt took his degree in broadcasting to radio station WGHT[5] in Northern New Jersey, spending eight years working for the station, covering events including high school football. WGHT radio is known for giving many broadcasters a break.

Burkhardt also worked at Jukebox Radio under the supervision of Joe Nolan, broadcasting New Jersey Jackals minor league games for WJUX,[citation needed] owned by Jerry Turro. Burkhardt worked as a sales associate at Pine Belt Chevrolet in Eatontown, New Jersey, while working as a freelancer early in his career.[2]

From WGHT, Burkhardt got a part-time job working at WFAN, doing freelance work and eventually becoming the station's full-time New York Jets reporter.[3][6][7]

During this time, he was a regular on Out of Bounds for Philadelphia's CN8, did sports reporting for Time Warner Cable, and on sports reports for WCBS 880.[6][7]

SportsNet New York

Burkhardt (left) interviewing R. A. Dickey for SNY in 2012
Burkhardt (left) interviewing R. A. Dickey for SNY in 2012

Burkhardt joined the Mets broadcast team at the beginning of the 2007 season,[8] replacing Chris Cotter. Burkhardt interviewed for the SNY job but never thought he would be hired.[3] On SNY he appeared on shows such as Mets Hot Stove, Mets Pre-Game Live, Mets Post-Game Live, and Mets Year in Review. Burkhardt left SNY at the end of the 2014 season for a full-time job at Fox.

Burkhardt was also the play-by-play voice for Dallas Cowboys games on Compass Media Networks from the inauguration of its America's Team Radio Network in 2011 until 2013, when he joined the NFL on Fox and was replaced by Kevin Ray.[9] He teamed with Danny White on the broadcasts. He also called college football games for the network.[10]

Fox Sports

In 2013, Burkhardt began calling games for NFL on Fox, teaming with John Lynch and Erin Andrews as the network's #4 announcer team. This crew also called the divisional playoff game between the Saints and Seahawks on January 11, 2014.[11] He also did fill-in work for Major League Baseball on Fox in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 was named as pre-game host for MLB coverage on Fox and Fox Sports 1.[2] On April 24, 2014 it was reported that Burkhardt had agreed to a three-year contract with Fox beginning in 2015.[12] He also joined the Fox College Hoops team.[13]

After Joe Buck left Fox for ESPN in 2022, Burkhardt was promoted to the #1 NFL on Fox broadcast team alongside Greg Olsen as color commentator. Burkhardt is expected to be the television play-by-play announcer for Super Bowl LVII.[14]

History Channel

Burkhardt has hosted the "Reunion" episodes for the History Channel's Alone television show.

Personal life

Burkhardt resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Rachel, and son, Logan, daughter, Brook. The family previously lived in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.[6]

References

  1. ^ Shuster, Rachel (March 4, 2014). "The Next Generation". The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. 6B. Kevin Burkhardt, 40: The former college catcher is a play-by-play announcer for select MLB games on TBS.
  2. ^ a b c Deitsch, Richard (March 2, 2014). "Kevin Burkhardt lands MLB gig with Fox, Fox Sports 1, more". SI.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Samuel, Ebenezer (May 15, 2010). "On the sidelines with SNY's Mets field reporter Kevin Burkhardt". Daily News. New York. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  4. ^ Knight, Kevin. "Bloomfield Grad Kevin Burkhardt Makes All The Right Moves at FOX Sports", TAP into Bloomfield, December 14, 2018. Accessed January 16, 2021. "Burkhardt, a 1992 graduate of Bloomfield High School, can be seen every Sunday afternoon calling football games for NFL on FOX Sports."
  5. ^ "OverKnight Success". Kevin Knight. Archived from the original on December 9, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Mets On-Air Talent". SNY. Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Mets Broadcasters". Major League Baseball. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "Mets On-Air Talent | SNY.tv: Sny_announcers". Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  9. ^ "Compass Media Networks Announces Broadcast Talent For 2011 Football Season," Compass Media Networks press release, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Archived October 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Stapleton, Art. "Mets' Kevin Burkhardt also radio voice of Cowboys," The Record (Bergen County, NJ), Sunday, January 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Yoder, Matt. "Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch will call NFL playoff game for Fox". Awful Announcing. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Burke, Don (April 25, 2014). "Kevin Burkhardt leaving SNY after season". New York Post. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "Breaking News - Iconic Voices Return for FOX Sports' Extensive College Basketball Coverage". TheFutonCritic.com. November 13, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  14. ^ "Kevin Burkhardt replacing Joe Buck as Fox's top NFL play-by-play voice". March 28, 2022.
Preceded byJoe Buck Lead play-by-play announcer, The NFL on Fox 2022–present Succeeded byIncumbent Preceded byJoe Buck Super Bowl television play-by-play announcer(NFC package carrier) 2023–present Succeeded byIncumbent