Throughout the Tampa Bay Lightning’s desperate push for a playoff spot since...
Since a young age I have always loved sports, first it was growing up in Montville, Connecticut and dreaming I was Don Mattingly playing first base for the Yankees. But when I relocated with my parents in 1989 to Tampa, Florida my sports bug got even worse. In 1992 my father took me to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first ever Fan Fest at the Fairgrounds Expo Hall. A few short months later I would watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Minnesota North Stars in their first ever game, from that point on I was hooked on hockey.
In November of 2013 I made a huge decision and attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting’s Tampa Campus to hopefully get into sports radio. Shortly after graduating I took an internship with 620 WDAE and then got a job with 98.7 The Fan. I was with the Fan until the station flipped formats. Since then I have been hard at work focusing on The Scrum Sports while working at 102.5 The Bone in promotions.
Since then I have had the pleasure of covering the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the USF Bulls football team.
Happy husband and father of two, Ryan was born just outside Detroit, Michigan but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since the age of three. After his run as a stage actor for almost a decade came to an end, Ryan fell in love with radio and in 2012 enrolled at The Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Tampa. Four short months later he had his first internship at 620 WDAE and then in September 2013 got his first paying gig in radio working for Sports Radio 98.7 The Fan.
Born and raised in Bradenton, Florida, Brooks figured out from an early age that working in a job where you get to watch sports on a regular basis was what he wanted to do. Although he’s loved both the NFL and college football as an unabashed fan of the Bucs and Florida State since the age of 10, it was his introduction to the Tampa Bay Lightning shortly after his 11th birthday that changed his life forever. While trying to find something to watch one night, he stumbled across a Lightning game against the Bruins, and after watching the team’s battle to a 3-3 tie, Brooks was hooked on hockey for good. There was no going back.
After graduating from Jacksonville University in 2005 with a degree in Communications, Brooks took a job as a producer for Sports Radio 1470 in Tampa, and after a year-and-a-half, left the business to pursue other endeavors. After nearly five years away, the old itch came back, and he returned to radio in December 2011. Brooks eventually became an on-air producer at 98.7 The Fan, working on such shows as Out of Bounds with Jeff “Pants” Pantridge, the Kirk and Kage show, The Fabulous Sports Babe Show, and serving as technical producer for Fan Interference.
When he’s not watching the Noles eek out another close win, the Bucs finding new and creative ways to lose, or the Lightning build a contender before his very eyes, Brooks likes watching movies and quoting
The Big Lebowski and Goodfellas, playing golf (or at least trying not to embarrass himself), bowling, trying to keep his dog happy, enjoying a cold beverage with friends, spending time with family, playing video games, listening to loud rock music in his car, coming up with wacky combinations of cards on Cards Against Humanity, reading a book every now and then, and occasionally working out. Not regularly, but occasionally.