About Matt Sammon
Like many people who got in to broadcasting, I was "bitten by the bug" at a very young age. Originally from Rochester, New York, but growing up in Tampa, Florida, I knew by the time I was in high school that I wanted to be a professional broadcaster. After learning the ropes of TV production at Armwood High School, I majored in communications with a minor in management at The University of Alabama, graduating in May 2000. While studying, I worked at practically every type of radio station in Tuscaloosa, eventually getting my big break back home in Tampa with "The Sports Animal" 620 WDAE.
While at WDAE, I was a producer, show host, and weekend DJ for several other radio stations. I also started my work with the Tampa Bay Lightning as a production assistant in 2001. After getting hired in 2006 by the Lightning as the radio game day host, I worked my way up to the Director of Broadcasting & Programming, a position I held until August 2019. In September 2020, I began working for Skyview Networks, moving to Phoenix, Arizona, in July 2021, with my family as I took on a new role at Skyview Networks as Manager of Business Development, Strategy. In February 2023, I joined the Deer Valley Unified School District as the district's digital content manager, overseeing the district's website, social media, and audio and video productions.
I have recently concluded my graduate studies at the University of Alabama, proving that Paul "Bear" Bryant was right when he said he returned to Alabama because; "Momma called. And when Momma calls, you just have to come runnin'." I began my studies in August 2020, and in May 2022 I graduated with my Master's degree in marketing with an emphasis on digital and social media, completing my studies with a 4.0 GPA.
While my sports and broadcast experiences have been fun, nothing is as rewarding as being a devoted husband and father. Family comes first (left) with my wife and children. And while I enjoy working in content creation and communications, I always look forward to coaching my son and his teammates to achieve big dreams on and off the Little League ball field (right).
Away from the workplace and the ball field, you'll find me collecting vintage baseball cards, a favorite past time of my childhood. I am also a voracious reader. My favorite books are non-fiction, mostly biographical or historical accounts of sports personalities, U.S. presidents, and leaders and eras in American history. I watch a little TV, though it's mostly a sporting event rather than a scripted program. Lately I spend a lot of my time seeing new things and visiting great places in the Phoenix area. It's a wonderful place to live.