Joe Buck is an American play-by-play sportscaster who is most popular for announcing the NFL, MLB, and USGA games for Fox. He has been under harsh criticisms for his style at games as well as the belief that he rode on his dad’s fame to make it big in the field of sports broadcasting – his dad was Jack Buck, the legendary American sportscaster whose career spanned five decades. Be that as it may, the Fox Sports No.1 NFL and MLB voice has continued to make his marks in a career that has spanned almost three decades.
In 2019, he became the all-time highest play-by-play announcer, having called five Super Bowls, 20 All-Star games, 21 World Series, and 23 MLB League Championship Series for Fox Sports. His outstanding performance in sports announcing has so far earned him seven Emmy Awards, alongside several other honors. With this exceptional career achievements, it does not come as a surprise that Joe Buck’s career and personal life are always topics of public interest.
Joe Buck Prepared Himself For His Future Sportscasting Roles By Getting On-the-job Experience As A College Student
Joe Buck already knew that he would follow in his dad’s career path in Sportscasting by preparing himself for the task ahead. After concluding his high school education, the Florida native attended Indiana University, Bloomington where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Telecommunications in 1991 – and he didn’t wait until graduation to kick-start his own sports reporting career. While still a student at Indiana University in 1989, the blossoming sports reporter started off with calling play-by-play for Louisville Redbirds (now Memphis Redbirds) as well as reporting the Triple-A All-Star Game for ESPN.
A couple of years later in 1991, he reported for KMOV, a St. Louis-based CBS affiliate. Buck also called the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on behalf of his dad and sometimes with him, both on local television and KMOX radio. Between 1992 and 1993, he called play-by-play for the University of Missouri basketball team.
He Was Employed By Fox While Still Calling The Cardinals
While still calling the Cardinals’ games, Fox Sports employed Joe Buck in 1994 to announce the network’s NFL games. He became the play-by-play man on the media outfit’s #4 NFL broadcast team, working with Tim Green as his color commentator. A couple of years down the line in 1996, the young sports host became the lead play-by-play reporter for Fox’s MLB games alongside legendary sportscaster, Tim McCarver who had previously worked with Joe’s father on CBS. During the 2001 season, the journalist intermittently filled in for Curt Menefee as Fox’s number-six play-by-play man.
He was picked as the No. 1 announcer of the network’s NFL games in 2002, replacing Pat Summerall. He is currently working in the same team with Erin Andrews as the sideline reporter and Troy Aikman as a color commentator. As his responsibilities grew on Fox, Buck cut down his schedules with the Cardinals, eventually stopping calling for the team in 2007. Recently, Buck calls a limited selection of regular-season games per year (featuring top-notch teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, and/or Cubs), including the All-Star Game, one of the League Championship Series, as well as the World Series.
Throughout 2019, the Florida-born sportscaster called a total of 21 World Series and 20 All-Star Games for the Fox network; and this has been captured as the highest by any play-by-play announcer on network television. On the 17th of September 2020, an announcement came from the Pro Football Hall of Fame that Buck would be named the 2020 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. His late dad, Jack Buck won the award in 1996, making them the first father-son duo to ever earn the distinction.
Joe Buck Has been Paired with Other Veterans In The Field
Since 2016, Joe Buck has been paired with field reporter Ken Rosenthal and color analyst, John Smoltz. Apart from working with Tim McCarver for a total of 18 seasons (1996–2013), the sports reporter also worked with Harold Reynolds – current MLB Network/Fox Sports analyst and former MLB player.
He equally worked with baseball writer cum insider, Tom Verducci, for a couple of seasons from 2014 to 2015. About one month or two after the 2015 World Series, both Verducci and Reynolds were demoted to the #2 team with John Smoltz moving up from the #2 team (with Matt Vasgersian) to take Reynolds and Verducci’s places.
He Later Delved into Sports Show Hosting
The Florida native’s skills in journalism still extend to include TV hosting. For a period that spanned from 2009 to 2010, Buck hosted Joe Buck Live, a sports-based talk show on the HBO network. In 2014, the sports journalist was hired as a co-anchor of Fox USGA telecast, alongside Greg Norman. Between August 2006 and March 2007, he hosted Fox’s popular pre-game show, Fox NFL Sunday. He served as the host of Fox Sports Net’s weekly news show, Goin’ Deep.
Buck has also been the host of a celebrity golf tournament, Joe Buck Classic since 2000. The games which hold every May are geared towards raising funds for St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The exceptional sportscaster is also involved with several other charities including the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Parkinson’s Foundation, and the City of Hope. He also hosted Undeniable With Joe Buck.
In addition to sportscasting, Joe Buck has also appeared on several other television shows and series including American Dad, Family Guy, Conan, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, he published his autobiography titled, Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV.
Joe Buck Has Been Married Twice
Joe Buck married his middle school sweetheart, Ann Archambault (a former NFL cheerleader) in 1993. They had two daughters, Natalie and Trudy together. The couple eventually separated in 2010 after almost eighteen years of togetherness, Subsequently, they completed their divorce proceedings in 2011.
Buck’s first daughter, Natalie is taking his footsteps in broadcasting. She studied Telecommunications Engineering at Indiana University and has served as an intern at KTVI as well as at Fox 2 St. Louis. His second daughter, Trudy is studying at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
He Is Currently Married To Michelle Beisner
When Joe Buck was introduced to Michelle Beisner by a mutual friend, Beisner who was then cohabiting with her boyfriend was not impressed as she had the preconceived notion that Joe was arrogant. After they were introduced, Michelle started seeing him in a new light and eventually came to the conclusion that his TV persona was quite different from who he actually is. The duo commenced dating after Beisner broke up with her boyfriend.
After less than one year of dating, Joe and Michelle got engaged in August 2013. Buck married Michelle Beisner, precisely on April 12, 2014, at a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Four years later, on April 26, 2018, the couple welcomed twin sons – Wyatt Joseph and Blake Andrew. Joe Buck’s wife, Michelle Beisner is also a successful sportscaster and Emmy award winner, currently working for ESPN. The couple lives with their children at their two-story mansion in St Louis, Missouri. He devised ways to help people get over their boredom during the pandemic as he quarantined with his wife and twins.