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Get to Know UK Grad, Broadcaster Michael Eaves


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There’s a new member this year on the UK TeamCast of the Final Four. Michael Eaves, a UK and South Hopkins High School (Nortonville, Ky.) graduate, will join Dave Baker and Rex Chapman on TNT’s homer broadcast on Saturday night — and hopefully Monday too. You may remember Eaves from his time at WKYT, from 1993-99, when he anchored “This Week in Kentucky Basketball” and “27 Sports Spectrum.”

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According to Eaves’ LinkedIn profile, he has has been the News and Sports Anchor at Al Jazeera America since 2013. Before then, he worked for Fox Sports West in Los Angeles, anchoring “Clippers Live” and “Angels Live” and served as sideline reporter for the Lakers and Dodgers broadcasts. Eaves has also appeared on Fox Sports’ national Pac-12 football coverage and served as a studio host for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. In a four-year stint in Memphis, Eaves was a local sports anchor and sideline reporter for the Grizzles.

To get to know him further, check out this profile from the UK Alumni Association. Here is a teaser:

“I was a pretty good athlete while growing up in Southwestern Kentucky, but once I realized a professional career was not in the cards for me, I decided to pursue a career that would keep me involved in sports, and sports broadcasting seemed like a good way to stay close to the games,” Eaves says. “So when I enrolled at UK, I decided to major in journalism with the sole goal of becoming a sportscaster.”

Read more: Michael Eaves Profile

Follow Eaves on Twitter: @michaeleaves

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

2 Comments for Get to Know UK Grad, Broadcaster Michael Eaves

  1. chessplayer1974
    8:50 am April 4, 2015 Permalink

    Not sure if I want to listen to Rex for awhile after last year. And Al Jazeera? Are you kidding me? Dave Baker is fine….but the other two is the best they could do? I’ll stick to CBS

  2. Liberty
    10:53 am April 4, 2015 Permalink

    He seems like a genuine and nice guy. I just hope that he does not understand how truly evil Al Jazeera is in relentlessly propagandizing for Islamic Supremacism and for violence and hatred to be directed toward the West and toward Jews and Christians. He might as well be getting a paycheck from ISIS or Al Qaeda or Boko Haram.