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Fox Sports Host Kevin Burkhardt Talks World Series, Working With A-Rod, Pete Rose, + Frank Thomas

Fox is broadcasting the World Series. Coverage begins this evening at 7pm ET on FS1, and moves to Fox at 7:30. First pitch is shortly after 8pm. Postgame coverage will begin on Fox before moving over to FS1.

Kevin Burkhardt, who does NFL play-by-play and hosts the MLB studio show for Fox Sports, joins the podcast this week. We discussed:

  • Has he ever experienced anything like the crazy scene outside Wrigley Field this past Saturday, when he was hosting the post-game show for 90+ minutes amidst pure pandemonium?
  • The chemistry with A-Rod, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas is really good. This is no small feat, as many former star players in sports broadcasting either coast by on their reputations, or are not adept at communicating their immense knowledge to a general audience. Is he surprised at how well the show is coming together this year? How do you strike the right balance of keeping Pete Rose on track, while also showcasing his sincerity, goofiness, and wealth of information?
  • How do they forecast baseball, which can be so random? Are the Indians flying under the radar?

At the end, Kevin discussed the cliff notes of his own fascinating career, which at one point in the not-too-distant past involved quitting a low wattage radio station in New Jersey to sell cars, before an ascendant rise through CBS Radio, WFAN, SNY, and MLB Network before landing what he says is his dream job.