Our Staff

Bruce Widder


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
Charlie Jones


*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
there"!
Frankie Kurtz


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.
Greg Triplett


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


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.
Lori Bodnar


· 24 Seasons with Kent State University Women’s Basketball, nine years as the Associate Head Coach.
· Produced three Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions, 13 20-win seasons, three WNIT and four NCAA tournament appearances.
· Coached 14 All-MAC selections and two MAC tournament MVPs.
· Main responsibilities included recruiting coordinator and coaching Kent State’s Post play.
· Director of the Kent State Women’s Basketball Camps.One of the largest team camps in Ohio that drew nearly 1,000 attendees annually.
Matt Ritzert


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.
Ron Hurst


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.
Tony Burke


A graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and Ohio University, Tony is a long time sports broadcast professional of Northeast Ohio and Washington DC. He began his career in radio as an on-air talent in Northeast Ohio which included play-by-play duties for the high school game of the week on WKKY. During that time, he also began working in the WUAB sports department as a producer under the legendary Gib Shanley and Jeff Phelps while calling Kent State football and women’s basketball games. Tony’s TV career continued for 14 years in Cleveland, helping launch WOIO’s sports department as Executive Producer, launching Fox Sports Ohio’s regional news, producer/director for the Indians pre and post-game shows, and producer at WEWS. He also was an analyst on Case Western Reserve football games for one season before leaving for Comcast SportsNet in Washington DC, serving as the network’s assistant news director and news director for 6 years.

Most recently Tony was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. During his tenure he had the honor of handling the marketing, communications, and broadcast needs for Pope Francis visit to the Nation’s Capital in 2015. Tony and his wife Carri recently moved back to Northeast Ohio, where Tony now serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Stark State College. They have 2 daughters, Alexis and Kayleigh.
Troy Richardson


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.