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Joe Buck will be behind the mic for this Sunday’s Super Bowl 51.

I had the recent pleasure of reading Buck’s book, “Lucky Bastard.”   His Super Bowl assignment this weekend isn’t unusual, as Buck is FOX Sports’ top play-by-play announcer, having covered Super Bowls, World Series and other mega-sporting events for the network since 1994.  As a former sportscaster, this read was right down my alley.

Buck shares a number of personal and some embarrassing stories about his career in broadcasting, provides a peak behind the curtain of live sports broadcasts and offers insight into the personal demands the TV business puts on those who work in it.

Buck describes it as: “My life, my dad, and the things I’m not allowed to say on TV.”

The book details all of that, with an emphasis on the relationship he had with his dad, multiple hall-of-fame broadcaster Jack Buck.

Here’s my list of top father-son broadcast legacies, with a lot of extra weight to those that have worked in the Phoenix market:

The Bucks:

  • Jack Buck – was the play-by-play voice of the Louis Cardinals for nearly five decades, as well as did work for several national networks in various sports.
  • Joe Buck – FOX’s lead play-by-play announcer for the National Football League, Major League Baseball and other sports coverage.

The Danas:

  • Joe Dana – was a broadcaster in Phoenix in the 1930s through the ‘50s.
  • Kent Dana – was an anchor at Channels 12 and 5 in Phoenix from the late 1970s until 2009.
  • Joe Dana – is a reporter and anchor at Channel 12 in Phoenix since 2001.

The Brennamans:

The Van Sants

  • Peter Van Sant – was a reporter and anchor for KOOL-TV in Phoenix (now FOX 10) from 1978-’82, now a correspondent with 48 Hours.
  • Jeff Van Sant – is a reporter with Channel 5 and 3 in Phoenix since 2015.

The Careys

  • Harry Carey – was a legendary broadcaster for five Major League teams, most notably the St. Louis Cardinals for 25 years and the and Chicago Cubs for 16 years.
  • Skip Carey – was the play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves for 32 years.
  • Chip Carey -- was a sports broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves, among others, since 1987.

The Kalases

Who else would you put on the list?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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