Jason Shaya is in his third season as the “Voice of the Checkers” on B2 Networks, the “Official Broadband Broadcast Provider of the ECHL,” and on Sports Radio WAVO-AM.
The 28 year old, who is the director of broadcasting for the Checkers, became the first ECHL broadcaster to do play-by-play from between the benches at ice level on Jan. 10, 2008 for a game against the Columbia Inferno.
The Detroit native became the youngest broadcaster in the history of professional wrestling when he began his career with World Championship Wrestling at 17 years old. He broadcast live events across the country from 1998-2001 while also earning a broadcasting degree from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and a bachelor’s degree in radio and television communication from Madonna University.
Shaya worked as a sports producer for WDIV-TV in Detroit where he covered college and professional sports including the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He began his play-by-play career in the United Hockey League with Motor City and Chicago while also broadcasting games for Chicago in the National Lacrosse League.
Former ECHL broadcasters working in the National Hockey League include John Ahlers and Steve Carroll of the Anaheim Ducks, Tom Callahan of the Nashville Predators, Dave Goucher of the Boston Bruins, Chris Kerber of the St. Louis Blues, Dave Mishkin of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob McElligott and John Michael of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Rob Simpson, who is a producer/host for The NHL Network.
Former ECHL broadcasters working in the American Hockey League include Brendan Burke in Peoria, Josh Fisher in Texas, Mike Kelly in Springfield, Eric Lindquist in Worcester, Pete Michaud in Norfolk, Mike O’Brien in Lowell, Joe O’Donnell in Houston, Jason Shaver in Chicago, Dan Weiss in San Antonio and Grady Whittenburg in Binghamton.