Kevin Burkhardt handles play-by-play duties for FOX’s NFL coverage, in 2017 partnering with analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Pam Oliver. Burkhardt is the face of FOX Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage throughout the MLB regular and postseason and also contributes to the network’s college basketball studio programming.
PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF
While working for a local car dealership in 2003, Burkhardt decided to give his dream of earning a living as a sports broadcaster one last shot when he caught a break at WCBS-AM in New York City working some part-time shifts on sports updates. Until then, Burkhardt worked in local radio, including calling minor league baseball for four years for an independent team. After working at the car dealership, Burkhardt landed a job with WFAN, the biggest sports station in the country, doing 20/20 updates and contributing as the New York Jets reporter. Burkhardt also made his presence known on television, appearing on SportsNet New York as an analyst and guest on Jets Extra Point and Daily News Live, as well as regular segments on CN8 in Philadelphia’s nightly Out of Bounds program. In 2009, Burkhardt joined Compass Media, calling NFL games nationally on radio before becoming the national radio as the lead voice for the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 & 2012.
Paired on Sundays with nine-time NFL Pro Bowler John Lynch from 2013-16, the duo was awarded the prestigious assignment of calling FOX Sports’ NFC divisional round game in 2014 and then again in 2015. Burkhardt will partner with Cutler, Davis and Oliver beginning with the 2017 NFL season.
OH, THAT CAR DEALERSHIP?
While Burkhardt struggled to earn enough money in sports broadcasting to support his family, he became a car salesman at a local Chevy dealership. Around that same time, WCBS-AM called with a job offer, though it was still a few months before he got regular work at the radio station. Once he was able to get regular work at the radio station, Burkhardt left his job as a car salesman, though not entirely; he’s now the local celebrity spokesman for the dealership.
During the Major League Baseball season, Burkhardt was the notable field reporter for SNY New York’s highly regarded Mets television broadcast team. Since joining in 2007, his role gradually expanded to include play-by-play duties for select Spring Training and regular season games, pre- and postgame shows, and hosting the off-season program, Mets Hot Stove. Other network duties included hosting SNY Spotlight, and reporting for SportsNite.
A New Jersey native, Burkhardt and his family reside in Los Angeles.