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Sports Director and Managing Edit...

WJXT Channel 4
Phone: (904) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: s***@***.com
4 Broadcast Pl.
Jacksonville , Florida 32247
United States


Employment History

  • Managing Editor of the Sports Department

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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This Week's Speaker: Sam ..., 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
This Week's Speaker: Sam Kouvaris
Named one of the "50 Most Influential People in Jacksonville," Sam Kouvaris is the Sports Director/Managing Editor at WJXT-TV, Channel 4 in Jacksonville, Florida.
As Sports Director/Managing Editor, Sam's responsibilities include the presentation of the daily newscasts and the leadership of the sports department. Along with the News Director and General Manager, he helps determine the sports coverage policy throughout the year.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Sam began his broadcasting career in Charleston, S.C. as the Sports Director at the ABC affiliated station, WCBD.
In June of 1981, Sam joined WJXT and was promoted to Sports Director in March of 1982. January 1, 2000 Sam was given additional duties as Managing Editor of the sports department at WJXT. Previously, he was an intern sports reporter in the Washington/Baltimore area.
Since the inception of the franchise, Sam hosted a weekly review of the Jaguars game called "The End Zone" on Monday nights during the football season from 1995-2010.
Sam also anchors any other sports specials throughout the year covering the Daytona 500, The Super Bowl, March Madness, The Players, The Masters, The NBA Finals, The World Series, The BCS National Championship, The Gate River Run, The Florida/Georgia game and other local events.
Sam's play-by-play experience stretches from football to polo and he has called events for CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, SportsChannel and the Sun Sports Network.
He was the pre-season television play-by-play voice for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001 and 2002, and served as the sideline reporter for the Jaguars Radio Network during the 2000 season.
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, Sam is one of 44 selectors asked each year to vote on candidates eligible for induction into the Hall. He also is a designated voter for the Heisman Trophy and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sam's web site is a very popular destination for sports fans looking for commentary, information, scores and sports on the Internet and navigation. Sam also maintains a Facebook page and regularly posts on Twitter (@samkouvaris) to keep viewers informed of the latest sports updates.
Sam is an Emmy Award winner and has won the Associated Press Broadcast Award as well as other honors including Sportscaster of the Year by numerous organizations
A 3-sport varsity athlete in High School, Sam also participated in football and baseball in college and on the semi-professional level. He still stays active in sports, mainly cross-training, in local basketball leagues and the occasional fantasy baseball camp.
As part of his sports coverage, Sam has tried out for the Jacksonville Tea Men and the USFL Jacksonville Bulls. He served as the voice of the Tea Men of the NASL in 1983.
A popular feature on WJXT's Eyewitness News at 5:30 was Stump Sam. Viewers were invited to send in their sports questions to see if they can "Stump Sam. Sam maintained about an 90% correct answer rate since the feature's inception in 1990 through 2010.
Sam calls his experience in Navy tactical aircraft the highlight of his career. After a flight with the "Blue Angels," Sam completed six weeks of training administered by the U.S. Navy at NAS Jacksonville and Cecil Field and received his "up-chit" (backseat qualified) to fly in the F/A-18.
Sam is one of a handful of people who have also flown with the USAF Thunderbirds in the F-16, earning his "9-G" pin, and has flown in the L-39 experimental jet training aircraft. He currently is a FAA Certified Pilot.
Music and drama are among his hobbies; Sam plays several musical instruments including the trumpet and guitar. He has appeared as the lead vocalist for the St. Johns River City Band and the UNF Jazz band at numerous "Big Band" concerts.
He serves on the Board of Directors for several charities in North Florida, including the MS Society. Sam's annual golf tournament is held each May and benefits Dreams Come True, a Jacksonville based wish granting organization for children with life threatening illnesses. He is also active at St. Joseph's Parish.
Sam Kouvaris Online, 24 Dec 2014 [cached]
by Sam Kouvaris
While a majority of the list was compiled by Sports Director Sam Kouvaris, Senior Photographer/Producer Matt Kingston and Senior Producer/Photographer Kevin Talley, we solicited opinions from Channel 4 reporters and anchors, past and present to see what their favorite stories have been in the last 20 years.
Channel 4 Anchorman Tom Wills and Sam Kouvaris were in Chicago for the announcement.
Sam put the press box scene in Denver in 1996 in the 3rd spot, although he was the only one there. Noted Denver writers were hacking on the Jaguars and Jacksonville all throughout the game, asking if this was a real game or just an "exhibition with the USFL. They were only slowed down when Sam noted at halftime in a loud voice, "USFL 13, NFL 12. The Jaguars went on to back that up with a 30-27 victory over the heavily favored Broncos.
Beating Buffalo the week before in the playoffs in Buffalo by an identical score was also a fun story to be a part of. Tom and Sam were also on that trip, with Tom finding Head Coach Tom Coughlin's sisters in the corner of the parking lot tailgating with a Jaguars flag flying.
At the end of the game, Sam and Photographer Kevin Talley were going down the elevator to the field with about 2:00 to play.
Sam grabbed him and turned him around saying "this way Jim" as Buffalo medical personnel were scrambling for their quarterback.
When Kevin and Sam got to the end line of the field with about a minute to play, the fans were pretty hostile.
To which Sam asked Kevin if he was crazy and hastened their move to midfield for some interviews.
Fans were so hostile the players instructed Sam and other reporters to "stay close" walking off the field.
Sam says it's the only time in his career that he couldn't watch. "Too painful," he said about the prospect of getting beat like that.
You might know that Sam is the Pro Football Hall of Fame representative for Jacksonville.
Commentary by Sam Kouvaris
© Copyright by Sam Kouvaris / All Rights Reserved
AI Jazz Festival Annual Report, 24 Feb 2010 [cached]
Sam Kouvaris
Speaker: Sam Kouvaris , ..., 5 Nov 2014 [cached]
Speaker: Sam Kouvaris , Sports Director at WJXT Channel 4
Sam is passionate about Jacksonville which he considers his hometown now that he has spent more than 34 years here. Since he moved her Jacksonville has grown from a city of 300,000 residents to over 1.4 million.
He considers the GA/FL game an institution in Jacksonville much like the Gate River Run.
Sam does not feel as though the game is the rivalry it once was, mainly due to the amount of information and game film that exists today.
Sam expects that channel 4 will use one of its 3 TV outlets to make an all Jaguar channel in the next 3 years.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 semifinalists | Blog And Tackle, 28 Nov 2010 [cached]
Jacksonville - Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
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