Sam Levitt

Sam Levitt Sports Broadcaster - TV & Radio

ABOUT ME

Welcome! I’m a play-by-play broadcaster and host who currently works in a number of different roles in the broadcast industry:

I’m a TV play-by-play broadcaster with games seen on Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN3, American Sports Network, Spectrum Sports Texas, Mediacom channels, and various collegiate digital platforms. I also work for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, as a radio broadcaster and TV show host.

I have called games on TV and radio for a number of Division I athletic programs: Sam Houston State, UT-Rio Grande Valley, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Southern Illinois – Edwardsville.

From 2014 t0 2016, I was the play-by-play voice of the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in St. Louis. While working in that market, I also called Division I men’s and women’s basketball for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Ohio Valley Conference. My radio work in St. Louis was aired on 101 ESPN, 590 KFNS, 550 KTRS, and 88.7 WSIE.

I graduated from Northwestern University in March 2014 with a degree from the Medill School of Journalism. I was the Sports Director of WNUR-FM and a broadcaster for NU sports on the Big Ten Digital Network. While in school, I was a broadcaster for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

I’ve also worked as an on-air news reporter at WLNS-TV (CBS) in Lansing, Michigan. At Channel 6 News, I produced news packages for air, reported live from the field, and was responsible for reporting on a story every single day.

I can be reached via any of the contact information listed here. Thanks for stopping by!

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BROADCAST & MEDIA EXPERIENCE

Freelance Television Play-by-Play

December 2015 – Present

  • College basketball for Big Ten Network and Mediacom networks.
  • High school football playoffs for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
  • College football on ESPN3 for Lamar University (Division I – Southland Conference).
  • College basketball, baseball, and volleyball on ESPN3 for Sam Houston State University (Division I – Southland Conference).
  • College baseball on Spectrum Sports Texas and American Sports Network for UT – Rio Grande Valley (Division I – WAC).
  • College soccer and volleyball for the Southland Conference (Division I) championships.
Corpus Christi Hooks - Communications Coordinator (Radio Broadcaster & Video Host)

January 2017 - Present

  • Play-by-play radio broadcaster for the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Other responsibilities include on-air hosting duties for team’s video content, media relations tasks, publication editing, and website content management.

Fairleigh Dickinson University (Division I) - Play-by-Play Broadcaster

October 2016 - December 2016

  • Play-by-play of Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball on NEC Front Row, the conference’s digital broadcast platform.
Gateway Grizzlies - “Voice of the Grizzlies” – Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

November 2014 – September 2016

  • Promoted after working as #2 broadcaster during 2014 baseball season.
  • Lead radio broadcaster on 101 ESPN digital platforms & 1400 KJFF in the St. Louis market, while also the primary on-air talent for Grizzlies’ TV segments.
  • Assembles complete broadcast team and manages all aspects of media relations.
  • Sales executive responsible for working with school programs, fundraising clients, corporate groups, and various ticket holders.
SIU Edwardsville (Division I) - Play-by-Play Broadcaster

November 2014 – March 2016

  • Play-by-play of approximately 45 basketball games per season between men’s and women’s basketball programs.
  • All broadcasts aired on 88.7 FM WSIE, a 50,000 watt station heard throughout the St. Louis market. Games are also shown on the OVC Digital Network.
Big Ten Digital Network – Play-by-Play Broadcaster

September 2012 – May 2014

  • Play-by-play broadcaster of live sporting events on the Big Ten Digital Network, while games are frequently re-aired nationally on Big Ten Network.
  • Provided play-by-play announcing for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and women’s lacrosse.
WNUR Sports, 89.3 FM Evanston-Chicago – Sports Director

September 2010 – May 2014

  • Play-by-play broadcaster for Northwestern athletics including football, men’s basketball, baseball, and softball.
  • Responsible for coordinating road trips to Big Ten venues, managing financials, securing broadcast sponsors, engineering broadcasts, and assigning broadcasters.
Northwestern News Network – Anchor, Reporter, & Producer

September 2011 – May 2014

  • Lead anchor for shows and produced stories for NNN SportsNight, the network’s weekly sports program.
Orleans Firebirds – Broadcaster & Director of Media

June 2012 – August 2013

  • Play-by-play broadcaster for all regular season games and postseason games.
  • Interviewed coaches/players, hosted pregame show, and was responsible for all production aspects of broadcasts.
WLNS-TV (CBS) Channel 6 – General Assignment News Reporter

April 2013 – June 2013

  • Produced news packages daily, including multiple lead stories for 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.
  • Went live from the field, newsroom, and studio regularly.
  • Developed local sources to produce multiple investigative pieces.

EDUCATION

Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism

2010-2014

Bachelor of Science, Journalism
Degree Received March, 2014


SKILLS

Efficient in using video/audio editing programs, including:

Adobe Premiere
100%
Audition
100%
Illustrator
100%
Photoshop
100%
Edius
100%
Avid
100%
Final Cut Pro
100%
ENPS
100%

SPORTS AND NEWS TV

  • All
  • Sports TV
  • TV News

 

 

SPORTS RADIO

BASEBALL/BASKETBALL RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY: These samples are from the Corpus Christi Hooks 2017 season and Fairleigh Dickinson’s 2016-2017 basketball season. 

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