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" 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 as the game day host, I worked my way up to the Director of Broadcasting & Programming, a position I held until August 2019.
I joke that I took "the scenic route" in my career: starting with TV production in high school, changing to a radio air personality and production director in college, to sports when I landed in Tampa. My sports experience has brought me some great moments including a Stanley Cup in 2004 (left) and the chance to work with NHL stars such as Victor Hedman (right, with the late great Steve Duemig).
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 Jennifer, and children Patrick and Cassidy. And while I enjoy working in and consulting on content creation and broadcasting, I always look forward to coaching my son and his teammates to achieve big dreams on and off the Little League ball field (right).