Brent Balbinot


EXPERIENCE

PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
Hawkeye Sports Properties/Learfield Communications, Jefferson City, MO, 09/04 - present
Play-by-play voice for University of Iowa Women’s Basketball and Iowa Baseball. Fill-in play-by-play announcer for University of Iowa Men’s Basketball. Produced for University of Iowa Football radio broadcasts from 2004-2006. Host hour-long University of Iowa Women’s Basketball and Iowa Baseball Coach’s call in shows. Responsible for interviewing, editing & recording “Inside Iowa” daily University of Iowa sports feature for 44 station Hawkeye Radio Network.

ONLINE SPORTS WRITER
HawkeyeReport.com, 8/13 - present
Duties include booking, interviewing and co-hosting for an online podcast 2-3 times per week. Guests feature various University of Iowa coaches, athletic department officials and former athletes. Experience with Adobe Audition audio recording and editing software.

SPORTS TALK SHOW HOST
KGYM AM, Cedar Rapids, IA 5/11 - 3/13
Co-hosted a 3-hour afternoon drive sports talk show on local ESPN affiliate. Responsible for booking daily guests, overseeing a part-time staff including a reporter/producer and call screener. Additional duties included covering University of Iowa athletic programs and calling play-by-play for area high school football and basketball teams. Experience with Scott Studios Computer System and Adobe Audition recording and editing software.

SPORTS DIRECTOR
KXIC AM, Iowa City, IA, 10/99 – 3/11
WMT AM, Cedar Rapids, IA, 01/07 – 3/11
Coverage of University of Iowa sports programs, including live network gameday reports for ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio. Hosted 2-hour University of Iowa football postgame call in show from 2003-2006. Play-by-play voice for 5 area high schools. Host hour-long Saturday morning high school coach’s show during football and basketball season. Anchor hour-long afternoon drive 5:00 newscast. Responsible for coverage of city council, school board and various activities and departments of the University of Iowa. Experience with Profit Computer System and AP Wireready audio recording and transmission for ten station state-wide Clear Channel Network. In-studio producer and host for hour-long weekly call in sports talk show. Experience with Nexgen and Newsgen computer systems and Adobe Audition audio recording and editing software. Promoted from Sports Editor in 2003.

SPORTS DIRECTOR
KQWC AM/FM, Webster City, IA, 8/97 - 10/99
Managed 5 member sports department, including scheduling, promotions, and coordination of sports programming. Play-by-play voice for an area in North Central Iowa including 11 high schools and 2 community colleges. Host weekly hour-long sports call-in show. Other station duties included: fill-in host for a weekly hour long financial show, morning show co-host, commercial production, and live on-air remote broadcasts.

EDUCATION

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
B.A. Communications (Broadcasting and Film), 1991, B.A. Political Science, 1991

REFERENCES

Danan Hughes
Position: Radio/TV Sports Analyst

Jordan Loperena
Position: ESPN Content Associate/Productions

Gary Barta, University of Iowa
Position: Director of Athletics

Steve Roe, University of Iowa
Position: Director, Athletic Communications

Matt Weitzel, University of Iowa
Position: Assistant Director, Athletic Communications

Mike Grimm, Learfield Communications, Jefferson City, MO
Position: University of Minnesota Mens Football/Basketball Play-By-Play Announcer

Rick Heller
Position: University of Iowa Head Baseball Coach

Jan Jensen
Position: University of Iowa Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Tom Kakert, Rivals.com Network
Position: Publisher, HawkeyeReport.com

Gary Dolphin, Learfield Communications, Jefferson City, MO
Position: University of Iowa Mens Football/Basketball Play-By-Play Announcer

Bobby Hansen, Learfield Communications, Jefferson City, MO
Position: University of Iowa Mens Basketball Color Announcer/Former NBA Player

Kirk Ferentz
Position: University of Iowa Head Football Coach