Michael Knezevich

Michael Knezevich
Created 8/8/2013 10:13:01 AM

Role at RRSN (Title): Vice-President & Play-By-Play Sportscaster
City of Birth: Hammond, IN
Current Residence: South Bend, IN
Education: • Hammond Morton High School 1976 • University of Notre Dame 1980

Athletics: Freshman and JV Basketball during high school, played Nose Guard for Intramural Football at Morrissey Hall Freshman and Sophomore year before knee injury ended “career” was intercepting pass against Dillon Hall and almost “taking it to the house” – stopped just short of the pylon. Story of my “career”.

Work Experience: • Reporter covering Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Blackhawks • Starline America Satellite Radio Network – Vice- President, telecasted amateur boxing, professional wrestling, and Whiting Oilers and College of DuPage Chapparel Football • “Play Ball” Fantasy Baseball Show on Illinois News Network – talk show host • The Sports Page on WLTH – talk show host • WLTH Gary – sports director • Play-By-Play Voice of the Gary Roosevelt Panthers State Championship team – sports director 1990 • Network Indiana’s “Indiana Sportstalk” program –regular contributor as high school football, basketball, and soccer reporter, as well as Notre Dame football reporter • Valparaiso Crusader basketball – play-by-play broadcaster • Notre Dame baseball – play-by-play broadcaster • RRSN – voice of Northwest Indiana Boys and Girls Soccer 1994-Present • RRSN – voice of Duneland Athletic Conference, Lake Athletic Conference, and Northwest Crossroads Conference Football 2000-Present • Penn Kingsmen – Play-By-Play voice 1995-1999. Broadcast three consecutive state championship games from the RCA Dome • “Voice of the Chicago Bandits” National Pro Fastpitch franchise from 2010-present

Awards: 2003, 2004, 2007 NSSA Indiana Sportscaster of the Year • 2006 ISSA Marv Bates Indiana Sportscaster of the Year • 2009 IHSAA Distinguished Media Service Award • 2012 ISSA Hall of Fame Inductee

Family: Wife – Barbara Children – Ryan, Elayna

Favorite pro sports team: 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox

Favorite college sports team: 1988 National Championship University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Favorite broadcast moment: The 2005 Valparaiso Vikings capture first boys state championship in NW Indiana boys soccer history, and culminate an undefeated season (23-0-2) with a overtime win in semifinal over Fort Wayne Canterbury, and shutout of East Central in the State Finals at Kuntz Stadium

Favorite sports moment: “The Green Machine” defeats USC at Notre Dame Stadium 49-19 on the way to the 1977 Collegiate Football National Championship my freshman year at Notre Dame

Favorite sportscasters: Bob Costas, Wayne Larivee, Tony Roberts, Ray Scott, Lloyd Pettit, Lindsey Nelson, Paul R. Condry

Favorite sportswriters: Bob Verdi, Rick Riley, Bill Gleason, Jerome Holtzman

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite vacation spot: St. John, USVI

Most influential people in your life: Jesus Christ, my parents and in-laws, my wife and child, Hall of Fame Coach Chris Geesman

List a couple things people may not know about you that you would like to share: • I teach Sunday school for teenagers and kindergarteners at my church • I have seen 15 countries in my travels around the world