ESPN 760 sports announcer Jeremy Marks-Peltz feels most comfortable in front of a microphone, debating the issues of the day with the area’s avid sports fans.
The University of Miami graduate, 29, joined the West Palm Beach radio station nearly three years ago after working as a play-by-play announcer and radio host in his native Miami and in Columbia, Mo.
Marks-Peltz hosts his own radio show from 6-8 p.m. weeknights, announces high school football games as part of the station’s Football Night in South Florida and is involved in programming.
He and his fiancee, Megan Nichols, recently moved to Jupiter.
When did you decide to pursue a career in sports broadcasting?
I wanted to be either a talk-show host or a play-by-play broadcaster since I was 6 years old. I was the dorky kid who would be memorizing stats on the back of a baseball card. I remember going to (Miami) Heat games with my dad the first couple of years and being so infatuated with statistics. I feel while other kids were playing sports growing up, I was the kid who wanted to announce sports.
As a student at the University of Miami, what did you do to prepare for a broadcasting career?
From my freshman year, I started broadcasting basketball games and baseball games, and then I did football my sophomore year. I was the sports director for my college radio station my sophomore and junior year.
You worked in Miami before joining ESPN 760. Why make the move north?
As much as I liked Miami and talking about the local teams, I really love the community here and I’m planting roots. I feel like I’m one of the luckiest people to get a chance to live out their dream and do it in a community I really embrace, and work for a company that couldn’t be better to be a part of.
How do you prepare for a show?
I start off with ESPN.com, the blogs and national websites. These are my go-tos in terms of research, more so than the local teams. But I still love the local teams. I’m a die-hard Heat and Dolphins fan.
How knowledgeable are Palm Beach County sports fans?
The fans are really smart here. They know their stuff and they’re really passionate. They just bring so much to the table. I embrace that more and more, and I’ve understood that more and more. I think that’s one of the unique things about this community.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love talking sports and debating sports and interacting with fans.
What do local sports fans like to talk about?
Right now, college football and the NFL are popular, and people always like to talk about Tim Tebow. The fans care a little bit about everything.