Where it began…

Born into a large, loud family of transplants from the Jersey Shore, I was the middle child, the third of five kids. Life moved fast and furious growing up in the suburbs of Charlotte, NC. Time was spent with family, building memories and fostering a competitive spirit that rages strong today. When I wasn’t at school, I was almost certainly outside with friends and family, playing sports and creating new games and competitions. My childhood fostered my love of sports, family and friends - and the notion that you can always find a way to keep score!


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“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.” - Pat Riley


How it grew…

After graduating Piedmont High School, I attended Appalachian State University. Like most kids entering college, I had no clue how I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Initially, my love for music seemed like a good career path, but one tortured music theory class later and I was back to square one. As fate would have it, a flyer for the student radio station caught my eye. One introductory course for the radio station was all it took to get bitten by the “broadcasting bug.” The extra-curricular activity turned into a major…and little did I know, a love affair, extreme passion and soon-to-be career.


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Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” - Jerry Rice

When it took off…

After attending Appalachian State, I was back in Charlotte, NC with a passion and determination, but not yet a path. Hosting a sports talk show and doing play-by-play at App State connected my love of sports and my competitive spirit and I was committed to doing whatever it took to make it in the industry. That commitment would launch a recurring theme over the next decade of my professional career - it’s better to be lucky AND good. While working part-time to pay the bills, I joined a college friend to launch a sports radio show, buying airtime, selling advertising and bringing the entire production from idea to air - all by a few newly-minted young broadcasters. This entrepreneurial spirit caught attention and landed us at a newly-launched sports talk station in Charlotte. While producing both the morning and afternoon-drive shows on the station, I began to studio host for IMG College in Winston-Salem, NC. I commuted 90 minutes each way, a few days per week to provide pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for UCLA Bruins basketball into the early hours of the next morning. All the while grabbing a few hours of sleep and doing it over again the next day. After six months, this grind caught the attention of IMG College and showed once again, it’s better to be lucky AND good. I was offered a full-time producer position, working with schools like Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Washington and others - continuing to studio host while adding production, traffic and distribution responsibilities to my duties. A community of young twenty-somethings, passionate about sports and broadcasting pushed me forward professionally and personally. Four years flew by in the blink of an eye as I began to fill-in on play-by-play opportunities and host a weekly studio show. A chance opening for the afternoon-drive show came open on WFNZ in Charlotte - the station I grew up listening to. Once again, it’s better to be lucky AND good. A blind email with my resume and aircheck was sent off to the program director, a quick call-back, a five-hour tryout later, I received a three-year contract offer - all within a week of my chance email. I spent four years with WFNZ, becoming a seminal voice for the city I grew up in and the teams I grew up rooting for - the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. Another door opened as I began at WFNZ, which held the radio rights to the Hornets. I began handling pregame duties and ultimately adding sideline reporting to my responsibilities. In 2019, nearly a decade after leaving Appalachian State certain of a desire to work in broadcasting but without a plan of how, I was named the radio broadcaster for my hometown Charlotte Hornets - capitalizing on my name in the market, my relationships in the organization and my work ethic and talent. I became the youngest play-by-play broadcaster in the NBA - it’s better to be lucky AND good!