Academy | Faculty

Rich Burk, Vice-President/Academic Affairs, Root Sportscaster

SuniRich Burk is an experienced play-by-play professional who sincerely enjoys helping launch the careers of young sportscasters.

During his 19-year career, Rich has called more than 2000 sporting events, including baseball, basketball, football and soccer. He currently handles Pac-12 play-by-play in the Northwest for ROOT Sports. From 2001-2010, Rich was the television and radio play-by-play voice of the Portland Beavers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and in 2009 called the nationwide telecast of the Triple-A All-Star Game on ESPN2.

He has helped launch or develop the careers of many sportscasters, including John Strong, the television voice of the Portland Timbers of MLS; ESPN play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher; and Tim Hagerty, voice of the Tucson Padres of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

"I'm thrilled with their accomplishments," said Rich. "I want these guys to make it to the highest level. If I played a small role in that, I'm really proud of it. I want to do everything I can to help my students succeed."

Rich graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Mr. Burk and his student as guests on Comcast Sports:


“Mr. Burk has taught us not to worry about sounding like a broadcaster, but to speak as if we're having an informal conversation someone. Using this method, we eliminate sounding too uptight, when we should actually feel loose and free when speaking. The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy is already preparing me to be an amazing broadcaster. With 10 weeks left in my cirriculum, who knows how much I can learn!”

Isaiah Alexander, Graduate, YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, Los Angeles, CA

Matt Pinto, Oklahoma City Thunder

SuniA two-time regional Emmy Award winner for his work on the Oklahoma City Thunder telecasts and its current radio voice, Matt Pinto has been a radio and TV NBA play-by-play broadcaster since 1989.

Prior to Oklahoma City, He served the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Hornets.

Matt Pinto has been heard nationally on ESPN NBA Radio and Westwood One college basketball, served as play-by-play talent on The Football Network and University of Hawaii football, basketball and baseball. He has also handled play-by-play stints with Triple-A baseball franchises Pawtucket and Hawaii.

Matt is entering his 24nd season of calling NBA play-by-play. Previously, he was named best play-by-play broadcaster in the state of Texas by the Associated Press.

Matt has also previously been selected as the premiere Sportscaster in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer.


“Through the YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, I have had so many memories and experiences I would not have been able to acquire while still in high school. Matt Pinto has taught me what it takes to succeed among the best in sports broadcasting. He said on the first day of class, "These 13 weeks will either confirm that you are passionate about this field or realize that this is not something that you want to do." For me, it was an affirmation.”

Carson Williams, Graduate, YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, Oklahoma City, OK

Larry Burnett, Network TV Sports Broadcaster

SuniLarry Burnett is an award-winning sportscaster/journalist/author who has anchored ESPN SportsCenter, covered two Olympics, worked as sideline reporter for Pac-Ten football and has called play-by-play for the NBA, WNBA, and NCAA sports.

At ESPN, Larry also served as studio host for the “NBA Today” and the “College Football Scoreboard” shows. He moved to Los Angeles to anchor Prime Ticket’s “Press Box“program and the nation’s first nightly regional sports news show was so successful that Burnett and his colleagues were honored, three consecutive years, as “Best Sports Anchor Team” by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.

Larry is the television and radio "voice" of the Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). He has worked on the L.A. Lakers' radio and televisions broadcasts where he hosted the “Phil Jackson Show”, handled play-by-play and anchored the pre-game show and post game radio call-in programs. Larry hosted live television pre-game shows for the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers and Kings, reported on Rams' and Raiders' NFL football, NCAA sports, and professional golf, tennis and boxing. He has called baseball play-by-play for Pepperdine University and even found time to write Lisa Leslie’s life story, “Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You”.

Larry conducts "TB4US - Think B4U Speak" media training clinics for athletes, executives and teams including the NBA champion, Dallas Mavericks. He has been honored with Emmy awards for "Outstanding Sports Report" and "Best Sports Feature Story”. He was also presented with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" by the Associated Press. He has blogged for and (NBDL).

Mark Boyle, Indiana Pacers

SuniMark Boyle has completed a franchise record 23 seasons as the “Voice of the Pacers” on an extensive statewide network, and has broadcast more than 2,000 games during his NBA career.

Before going to Indiana, Mark spent time in Minneapolis, St. Louis - where he worked in one of the most highly regarded sports departments in broadcasting at KMOX - and New York, where he was one of the original on-air voices at WFAN, the country’s first all sports radio station. In addition to his NBA experience, which includes work on the nationally broadcast NBA Game of the Week, he has worked in the NHL, spending two seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, and has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball and Big Ten football and basketball.

A man of eclectic interests, Mark has spent his summers broadcasting minor league baseball games, competing in the U.S. Open Chess Tournament, performing with the Indianapolis Symphony and at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, piranha fishing on the Amazon River, and working as a barista at a local coffee house. Active in several local charities, he has served on the Board of Directors of The Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation and the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.

Mark spent part of the summer of 2010 walking 500 miles across Indiana to raise money for the Wish Fund, and last summer he raised money for charity by performing odd jobs, including working on the pit crew for ML Racing during a NASCAR race in Indianapolis, spending a day with the Indiana National Guard, and filling in as a meteorologist on the NBA affiliate in Indianapolis. Twice named Indiana’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Mark has also been recognized as the top talk show host in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Monthly magazine.


“The YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy has taught me so much when it comes to sports broadcasting. With the class, I learned a lot more on what goes behind the scenes of a production and not just the show itself. This class has also confirmed that this is something I want to do with the rest of my life.”

Evan O’Brien, Graduate, YSN Sports Broadcasting Academy, Oklahoma City, OK