Kevin Burkhardt aired the biggest games of Greg Olson’s football career in high school in New Jersey.
Now Burkhard and Olsen will call together the greatest game in the sport and much more.
FOX Sports officially revealed on Tuesday that Burkhard and Olson have been promoted to No. 1 on the NFL’s tandem broadcast network, replacing the pair of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who left FOX to air ESPN’s “Monday Night’s Football.”
Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will return as side reporters.
The announcement comes at a critical time for FOX, as it will air two of the next three Super Bowls, including Super Bowl 57, scheduled for Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. There is also Super Bowl 59 on the web, scheduled for February 9, 2025 at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Burkhard and Olsen worked together last season as the No. 2 team on the net to get rave reviews, the latter making the transition from the Pro Bowl to the stand.
How long their partnership will last after 2022 depends on the gaming future of Tom Brady, who reportedly signed a $ 375 million 10-year deal to join Burkhardt at FOX booth 1. Brady ended his short retirement and announced that he was back in the game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Since joining FOX, Burkhard has been calling for about two dozen auditions with future analysts. From this group, he considered Olsen, whose high school matches he broadcast as the sports director of WGHT 1500 Radio in Pompton Lakes, to be his own class.
Two years ago, Burkhard said he believed Olsen was destined to become the next big thing in the broadcast. Now they will be together for at least another season and in front of some of the biggest TV audiences everywhere.
“Last season, Kevin and Greg showed viewers their undeniable chemistry and ability to call football elite,” said Brad Zager, president of FOX Sports Production / Operations and executive producer. “We can’t wait for the fans to see what they will bring to the Game of the Week in America [on FOX]the NFL and Super Bowl LVII playoffs. ”
Burkhard’s journey has certainly taken its toll on memorable twists. After graduating from William Patterson University in 1997, he took over as sporting director at WGHT Radio, a 1,000-watt AM station during the day at Pompton Lakes. He helped turn the department there into a university version of WFAN with other young television operators who improved the coverage of the sport at North Jersey High School.
Unable to break into a bigger station after six years, a disappointed Burkhardt left WGHT, stopped his dream of broadcasting and became a car salesman for Pine Belt Chevrolet in Ettontown.
For eight months, Burkhard sold cars and sent his tapes to radio stations in New York and elsewhere, believing that his vacation would eventually come.
When one did, things happened quickly. He worked for CBS Radio, making updates, moving to WFAN as a reporter for the New York Jets station, and his biggest breakthrough to date came with SNY during the New York Mets Games, which provided the perfect platform for Burkhardt to spread his wings. your to radiate and expose your personality. display.
Within a decade, Burkhardt had gone from car sales to almost leaving the broadcasting business to the national stage. The Bloomfield-born man has been chosen to replace Buck, one of the most recognizable and acclaimed voices in the game.
Next to him for the Super Bowl in Arizona next February will be the stellar tight end, whose games he convened at Wayne Hills High School.
The best NFL broadcast team for FOX Sports was born, raised and created in Jersey.
Art Stapleton is the author of the Giants beats for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all the analysis, news, deals and other Giants, please subscribe today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.
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