#MediaMonday – Paul Calvisi

Now that we’re in the midst of the football season, today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Paul Calvisi, host and reporter for Arizona Cardinals as a member of their broadcast team.  Paul’s and my paths crossed very briefly when we were both working at KPHO-TV in the early ‘90s.

Paul, time to share.

Tell us a little about your job:

I am the Arizona Cardinals sideline reporter, TV/Radio host, fill-in play-by-play announcer and social media charlatan.  Uh, in today’s parlance – “multi-media content provider.”  Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

What’s your story?

I grew up in San Jose, Calif., as it evolved into Silicon Valley.  I attended the same high school as Pat Tillman (separated by seven years).  We were awful in high school football. Pat led the team to a section title – by himself.  More importantly, Leland High School had a student radio station. I continued into college radio at Cal.  Upon graduation, I gave myself three months to find a radio/TV gig — OR– sober up and find a real gig.   I beat the clock and landed my first job as weekend sports anchor at KDRV-TV(ABC) in Medford, Ore. (market #149).  That was 30 years ago. Since then, I’ve anchored in Grand Rapids, Mich. (market #38), Fox Sports Net in Chicago, KPHO(CBS) and ABC 15 in Phoenix.  Oh yeah, I also just wrapped up two decades of morning radio at KTAR/AZ Sports.

How’d you get into the media?

As noted, high school radio led to college student radio which led to internships at KPIX-5 & KNTV-11 & KNBR radio in San Francisco.   I bought the station crew pizza on weekends to fire up the studio cameras so I could record a demo reel, which I sent out to stations upon graduation.  I took my first gig in Medford, sight unseen. I loaded up a 1966 Mustang and hit the road up I-5 from the Bay Area to Southern Oregon (gulp).

Tell us a little about your career, where’d you work…what did you do:

At various stops, I’ve anchored and reported for TV news along with hosting pre/post-game shows around MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL events.  Over the past decade, I’ve also hosted plenty of sports talk radio and created a commentary/comedy segment titled “Paul’s Call.”   I’ve been verbally accosted by coaches, players, team execs and fans.  #GetInLine

What are the top three or four stories you’ve covered?

  • Covered Pat Tillman’s career both at ASU and the Cardinals.
  • Covered Barry Bonds breaking baseball’s all-time homerun mark for Fox Sports Bay Area.
  • Sideline reporter for every moment of Cards’ 2008 Super Bowl run.
  • Early in my career, I covered the Fab Five at the University of Michigan and worked 49ers/Raiders locker rooms interviewing Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Tim Brown, etc.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I achieve mental health via classic cars, especially 1965-66 Mustangs.  Anyone have extra garage space they’re not currently utilizing?  Let’s talk…

Favorite restaurant? Favorite food?  

I answer to the moniker “Paulie Parm” — especially legit eggplant parm in Little Italy/NY… #Ding.

Favorite music?

At last check, I’ve attended a half-dozen Tool concerts dating back a quarter century (not necessarily proud of that).

A little-known fact about you?

Speaking of music, as a teenager, I caught a guitar pick thrown by Stevie Ray Vaughn at the conclusion of a concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium;  a contested catch in traffic, I might add.

Anything else you’d care to share?

Can someone kindly sync up the traffic lights on Shea Boulevard?  Thanks in advance.

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at Oct 30, 2023

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