FOX Sports Net Ohio Adds Four New Staff Members to the “11 PM Regional Sports Report”

Andy Baskin, Jim Day and Kerry Sayers to Report on Region’s Sports News, Rob Kunz Hired as Producer

CLEVELAND – FOX Sports Net Ohio today announced the hiring of four new staff members for the upcoming 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT is the nightly, live, half-hour, regional sports news program debuting July 31. The announcement was made by Steve Liverani, FOX Sports Net Ohio’s senior vice president and general manager.

FOX Sports Net Ohio has hired three reporters for the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT: Andy Baskin, Jim Day, and Kerry Sayers. All three begin their duties at FOX Sports Net Ohio July 5, and will primarily handle feature reporting duties covering a variety of Ohio’s professional, collegiate and high school sports stories.

Andy Baskin joins the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT from WBNS-TV in Columbus where he was a sports anchor and reporter for the station. Prior to WBNS-TV, he held the position of sports director at KPAX-TV in Missoula, Montana. Baskin received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Kent State University. Recently, Baskin received an Emmy Award for his sports reporting at WBNS-TV.

Returning to Ohio is Jim Day, also a former anchor and reporter from WBNS-TV and WSYX-TV in Columbus, respectively. Before joining FOX Sports Net Ohio, Day covered sports and anchored at WFTS-TV in Tampa. Day has received two Emmy Awards and a Community Broadcasters of America award for his work in news and sports reporting. He attended Bowling Green State University and Otterbein College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Also joining the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT news team is Kerry Sayers. Sayers most recently worked at Empire Sports Network in Buffalo, New York, where she held the position of sports reporter and anchor. Prior to her on-air duties at Empire Sports Network, Sayers held various positions at the Cleveland Browns Trust. Before joining the Cleveland Browns Trust, Sayers was a sports reporter for WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Rob Kunz joins FOX Sports Net Ohio as a producer for the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT. Kunz will oversee all aspects of the news operation for Ohio in the Chicago hub. Prior to joining FOX Sports Net Ohio, he had been the sports producer for WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, since 1996. Kunz has received three Emmy Awards and two Ohio Associated Press Awards for his work in broadcast sports. He is a graduate from Ohio State University with a degree in journalism.

“All the reporting and news gathering for 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be done locally, with teams of full-time reporters, correspondents and videographers located throughout the state,” said Liverani. “FOX Sports Net is dedicated 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to covering Ohio sports news.”

The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT, a 30-minute live, regional sports news show launches on Monday, July 31, at 11 PM. Concentrating on local sports stories from all corners of Ohio, the 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT is a complement to FOX Sports Net’s NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT at 10 PM and midnight. 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT provides heavy emphasis on key local stories and scores, and also important national stories and how they impact local fans.

The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT venture is the first of its kind, anywhere. The 11 PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be a nightly half-hour of Ohio sports news for Ohio sports fans; gathered, produced and delivered by experienced Ohio news men and women.

FOX Sports Net reaches more than 70 million households nationwide. FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and FOX Entertainment Group.

FOX Sports Net Ohio is a service of Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Rainbow Sports has been dedicated to “Home Team” fans for nearly 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, the Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of seven regional sports networks in six of the nation’s largest markets — Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio and San Francisco.


Kim McCarty