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Behind the Scenes with the FOX NFL Crew: Jersey Boys cover Giants-Lions

By Richie Zyontz
FOX NFL Lead Producer

Editor’s Note: Richie Zyontz has been an NFL producer for FOX since 1994 and the lead producer for the last 20 seasons. He has more than 40 years of experience covering the league and has produced six Super Bowls. Throughout the 2022 NFL season, he will provide an inside look as FOX’s new No. 1 NFL team makes its journey toward Super Bowl LVII.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Get ready, MetLife Stadium: The Jersey Boys are coming to town. 

With all due respect to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, our FOX A-Team has a very Garden State flavor.  

Let’s start in the broadcast booth with Greg Olsen, a multi-sport superstar at Wayne Hills High School before heading off to the University of Miami and NFL stardom. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC., but don’t be fooled, his Jersey edge remains strong.   

Greg Olsen and Kevin Burkhardt reminisce about their old hairdos

During the broadcast of the Lions-Giants game, Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen looked back at their old hairstyles.

 He called Sunday’s game with Bloomfield, N.J.’s own Kevin Burkhardt, another local success story.  

KB graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., then spent eight years as sports director at WGHT radio in Pompton Lakes, calling some high school football games, including several of Olsen’s. 

A sharp U-turn selling cars came next before opportunity knocked at SNY as a field reporter on New York Mets games, where he endeared himself to New York baseball fans (including yours truly). The executives at FOX Sports noticed, too, and soon thereafter KB became the host of the baseball pregame show and an NFL play-by-play announcer.  

And just like with his partner, that pleasant exterior belies those hardscrabble Jersey roots. 

On Feb. 12, 2023, more than 100 million viewers will hear these two Jersey Boys call Super Bowl LVII on FOX from Glendale, Arizona. 

Oh what a night that will be! (Obligatory Frankie Valli…


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