Brent Belknap is our Director of Social Media, Website and Mobile App. He was an All Ohio Defensive Back at Tuscarawas Valley (1986) played College Football at Ashland University where he was a 4 year letter winner. Has coached High School Football at West Holmes and Tuscarawas Valley. He resides in Dover with his wife Jennifer and 2 daughters Olivia and Alana.
Received Bachelors degree in 1973 from Marietta College
Varsity letter winner in Football & Baseball at Marietta.
Played in Cape Cod League in 1971 for Harwich Mariners
Professional Educator from 1973-1992 at Sandy Valley & Strasburg. Coached Football, Basketball, & Golf.
In 1998 earned membership into Professional Golfer's Association of America (PGA). Been the Head Golf Pro & GM at Wilkshire Golf Course since 1998.
Married to Debra Kay, 2 daughters Malia Renee & Breann Michelle
*Owner and Managing Partner (with wife Smoochie) of BIG TIME SPORTS NETWORK
. . . has developed BIG TIME SPORTS from it's beginning in 2000 with only
23,000 homes reached with high school sports, to the current mass of homes
reached at almost TWO MILLION homes. BIG TIME SPORTS started covering high
school sports only on television . . .but has met the demand of high school
sports junkies and has now grown from just television to a complete radio
network, as well as web and mobile phone app for the high school sports fan.
*BIG TIME SPORTS media network has been voted #1 in Ohio High School Sports
coverage by SJ & Associates . . .covering 300 high school sporting events
each year including football-basketball-baseball-softball-lacrosse-soccer
and wrestling. BIG TIME SPORTS is the EXCLUSIVE TV Network for the Federal
League in Stark County.
*Some Charlie Stuff:
-Member '67 Strasburg State Hoops Champs
-"MellowTones" is the owner and play-by-play voice of BIG TIME SPORTS
-24 Years as Commissioner of Mohican Area Conference . . .Mid Buckeye
Conference . . .PAC 7 Conference
-22 Years as OHSAA Basketball Official
-OHSAA Certified Assigner for 26 years
-Member OHSAA Media Advisory Committee
-Former Athletic Director at Tuscarawas Central Catholic
Charlie and wife "Smoochie", both share the same passion for
student-athletes and high school sports and look forward to expanding their
role of extensive high school sports coverage. As reflected by the motto at
BIG TIME SPORTS . . ."If there's a BIG GAME in town, BIG TIME SPORTS will be
Dave Albert is in his 2nd year at Big Time Sports. After 7 years at WFAH in Alliance and 34 years at WHBC doing football and basketball, Dave rejoined Frank Cilona in 2013 on the radio side of Big Time Sports. Dave is sometimes referred to as the “Who-What-Why-and How Many for high school football and basketball.” Dave is a lifelong resident of Stark County and Alliance and is a 1966 graduate of Mount Union College. After Mount Union, Dave spent 32 years at American Steel Foundries (20 years in Accounting and 12 years as Purchasing Manager). Dave is married to Nancy, has 2 children, and is raising 3 grandchildren, Dezerae, Deaunna, and David.
Frank Cilona is our Play-by-Play announcer for the Big Time Radio team. A veteran of radio for over 20 years, he started out as a stringer for ESPN Radio, The Sports Final, and other national stations covering the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes. In 1993 he joined WHBC radio in Canton and spent 19 years broadcasting high school football, basketball and baseball. He joined Big Time Sports in 2012. A lifelong resident of Stark County, Cilona grew up in Waynesburg and attended The Ohio State University. He is 1987 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. Cilona and his wife, Kristine, have two children and make their home in Massillon.
Frankie Kurtz's love affair with the world of sports began long before he became the weekly author of Kurtz's Korner or the Big Time Sports web site four years ago. Although he has spent time in his life living in both Columbus and Cincinnati, Kurtz, a proud graduate of Jackson High School and Kent State University, has always called northeast Ohio home.
Kurtz spent 15 years as a high school teacher after also receiving a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State in 1988, and he was a freelance sportswriter for two newspapers during that time. He wrote for the Massillon Independent from 1990-1993, and he worked for ThisWeek Newspapers, a community subsidiary or the Columbus Dispatch, from 1994 until 2001.
From 2010-2014, Kurtz served as the public relations director for the Mercy Medical Classic, an annual January high school basketball showcase at Hoover High School.
Kurtz has a published chapter in Joe Tait's 2011 book It's Been a Real Ball. Coauthored with Terry Pluto, the book contains Tait's thoughts on a career that includes 39 years of Cleveland Cavaliers radio broadcasts. Kurtz's three page chapter, A Hall Of Fame Voice, tells the story of both his relationship with Tait and the profound impact Tait has had on his life.
Since 2007, Kurtz's primary role has been as a member of Kent State's Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry staff.
The Kurtz's Korner column, which can also be found on Facebook, covers the people, places and things that make high school sports wonderful. Kurtz's Korner also has profiles on local college athletics, especially when the feature coaches and players from the Big Time Sports coverage area. Kurtz's Korner even dips into the pro ranks, offering both commentary and updates on the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. The engaging and entertaining content in Kurtz's Korner make it a must read for every avid sports fan.
All-Ohio Point Guard at Tuscarawas Central Catholic (1988)
Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Tuscarawas Central Catholic (1998 – 2005)
Been broadcasting for Big Time Sports since 2008
Vice President Sales & Marketing – Marlite, Dover, OH
Possesses best hair in the business
Joe Dunn has been covering high school, college and professional sports in
northeastern Ohio for the past 35 years. Dunn began his broadcasting career at
Channel 3 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, anchoring the local sports report on the
nightly news hour.
Dunn moved on to the University of Akron in 1976 where he served as Director
of Sports Marketing for the Zips athletic program. During that time he hosted
the Bob Huggins and Jim Dennison TV shows and helped establish the Zips radio
network for football and basketball.
Dunn currently serves as color analyst for Zips basketball broadcasts and
sideline reporter for Akron football on Fox Sports 1350. He is host of the Terry
Bowden and Keith Dambrot TV Shows on Sports Time Ohio.
Dunn is co-host of the Big Time Sports radio show every day from noon-3:00 on
Fox Sports 1350 and co-host of the weekly Big Time Sports TV Show with Charlie
Jones. He is also play-by-play announcer for selected high school football and
basketball games on the Big Time Sports northern network.
Dunn resides in Jackson Township. His son Tyler is point guard for the Jackson
high school basketball team and will be playing college basketball at Walsh
University in North Canton.
Matt Ritzert is the principal of Tuscarawas Central Catholic Elementary School and Immaculate Conception School. Prior to launching his career in education, Matt was the news and sports director at WJER Radio and has more than 30 years experience broadcasting local sports. Matt is also an avid runner and is the race director for the Union Hospital Run for Home.
Graduate of West Liberty University. Retired from Strasburg High School with 39 years in education. Spent 25 years
as the Athletic Director. Was the Head Football Coach at Strasburg for 31 years (178-133-3). Was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition to football, Ron has coached girls track for 31 years,
girls basketball from 1978-1993, and cross country for 4 years. In addition to his coaching he has been a basketball official for
34 years. Ron and wife Bobbi have 3 children, Heather, Kari, and Heath, and 3 grandchildren Brodie, Aubrey, Pierse.
Ron has worked for Big Time Sports for 2 years.
Even though Tim Rogers officially retired in August of 2013,
ending a full-time journalism career that spanned four decades at the
Cleveland Press and Plain Dealer, he remains active in the coverage of
high school sports as a free-lance contributor to the Akron Beacon
Journal, Canton Repository, Associated Press and the JJHuddle web site.
He also has done work for the Boston Herald and the Miami Herald and
several other nationally-known papers.
Throughout his career he covered every high school sport,
excluding field hockey and bowling. He also covered major league
baseball, the NBA playoffs, United States Open golf tournaments, the
PGA Championship, the last 15 Bridgestone Invitationals at Firestone
Country Club and several Memorial Tournaments at Muirfield Village
Golf Club near Columbus. He has covered approximately 75 high school
state championship tournaments, including the initial state football,
soccer and ice hockey finals.
He was a founding member of the Ohio Prep Sports Writers
Association and spent two terms as president of that organization.
In 2001 he was named as the organization’s writer of the year and
has won numerous writing contest awards throughout his career. He was
named as the Ohio Sports Writer of the year in 2012 by the National
Football Foundation and recognized by such organizations as the
Associated Press Society of Ohio and the Press Club of Cleveland.
Rogers was inducted into the Ohio Prep Sports Writers
Association’s Hall of Fame in March of 2014 during ceremonies in
Value City Arena.
His wife, Linda, is his greatest source of inspiration as a two-time
cancer survivor. A native Clevelander and now a resident of Plain
Township, he is the proud father of three grown daughters -- Kelley and
twins Emily and Amy -- and has two grandchildren, Sean and Riley.
Linder is a broadcast veteran of radio and television for over 30 years. He has covered high school sports for stations in Bellevue, Norwalk, Mansfield, Ashland and Akron/Canton. He served as the play by play voice for the Kent State Sports Network while serving as the Director of Broadcasting for the Golden Flashes. He currently does television work for the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel providing play by play and color analyst work for football, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse and softball. Linder is a former high school football and wrestling coach and was the Head Wrestling Coach at Ashland University where his teams won a Regional title and finished in the top Twenty four times. He was named NCAA Div.II Midwest Regional Coach of the Year in 1993.
Troy Richardson is a Graduate of Malone University. Has been an assistant coach at both the high school and college levels. Is in his 5th year as a broadcast member of Big Time Sports Team. Is also a senior member of the Big Time Sports sales team. Is currently a middle school history teacher, a job he truly enjoys.