WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 42), Sports Director/Managing Editor Sam Kouvaris left the station on May 1, after working at the Graham-owned independent station for 37 years. According to the station, he is the longest tenured sports reporter in Jacksonville television history and he will continue his reporting career in town on his website www.samsportsline.com. “After discussions with […]
WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 42), Sports Director/Managing Editor Sam Kouvaris left the station on May 1, after working at the Graham-owned independent station for 37 years.
According to the station, he is the longest tenured sports reporter in Jacksonville television history and he will continue his reporting career in town on his website www.samsportsline.com.
“After discussions with the station, we decided together the time was right to look at new opportunities. I’m looking forward to that,” said Kouvaris. “Channel 4 has had a tremendous positive impact on the community in the nearly four decades I’ve been there, and I’m proud and grateful to have been a part of it,” he added. “I’ve built some lifelong relationships there, and I’m sure they will continue.”
“When you’ve worked together as long as Sam and WJXT have, there’s a mutual respect allowing both parties to have an equal voice in decisions like this one,” said WJXT VP-GM Bob Ellis. “We worked closely with Sam, and we both came to the conclusion the time was right. He’s the most talented sportscaster in town and his unique analysis on local sports is unmatched,” said Ellis.
Kouvaris is an Emmy Award winner and has won the Associated Press Broadcast Award, as well as other honors, including Sportscaster of the Year from numerous organizations. He serves on the boards of numerous charities in North Florida.
This is his 17th year hosting the Sam Kouvaris Dreams Come True Golf Tournament, helping raise over $1.75 million. All of his charity work in town will continue.
“Just as Deborah Gianoulis and George Winterling have remained a part of our family since retiring, Sam will always be a part of Channel 4,” said Ellis. “We look forward to supporting his charity work and welcoming him back to the station in the future.”
In addition to anchoring sports on WJXT on a nightly basis and writing for News4JAX.com, Kouvaris has been the play-by-play voice for the Jacksonville Jaguars pre-season games and the Jacksonville Tea Men of the NASL.
He is also the Jacksonville representative for the Pro Football Hall of Fame serving each year as one of the selectors asked yearly to vote on candidates eligible for the Hall of Fame. Kouvaris is a designated voter for the Heisman Trophy and the College Football Hall of Fame. He will continue in those positions.
A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Kouvaris began his broadcasting career in Charleston, S.C., as the sports director at ABC affiliate WCBD before beginning his 37-year career at WJXT.
Kouvaris hosted a weekly review of the Jaguars game, The End Zone, on Monday nights during the football season as well as WJXT’s signature sports events such as The Gate River Run and The Players Championship coverage.
His play-by-play experience stretches from football to polo, and he has called events for CBS, NBC, ABC and ESPN. A three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Sam participated in football and baseball in college and on the semi-professional level.
“Sam is a sports reporter whose knowledge of other subjects goes well beyond sports. Just his love of flying alone made him an invaluable resource for our coverage of any aviation story,” said WJXT anchor Tom Wills.