Killer B’s Ball with Jim Brinson and Howard Balzer airs Tuesday’s at 6 p.m. on KDUS AM 1060, kdus1060.com
Howard Balzer: @HBalzer721
Howard Balzer is in his 46th year covering professional football as a writer, editor and broadcaster and has covered 40 Super Bowls. His connection with pro football began in 1976 with College and Pro Football Newsweekly, and since then he has been a featured columnist for The Sporting News, Pro Football Weekly, USA Today Sports Weekly and The Sports Xchange.
Balzer moved to St. Louis in 1978 to work for The Sporting News, where he became Pro Football Editor in 1979. He was an analyst on ESPN’s initial broadcast of the NFL Draft in 1980 and continued in that role through 1988.
He has won seven writing awards in the Professional Football Writers of America competition, won an Emmy for commentaries on KPLR-TV in St. Louis in 1986 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1988 and 1990. He was named the 2016 winner of the Bob Broeg Media Award presented by the St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The award is for enthusiasm, integrity, professionalism and devotion to the game of football and is reserved for individuals whose contributions to football in the St. Louis area have made a significant difference. Balzer was an officer (secretary and secretary/treasurer) for the Professional Football Writers of America for 33 years and was inducted into the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Currently, Balzer is the publisher of the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University website for si.com and senior editor for Lindy’s pro football magazine, a position he has held since 1993. He is entering his 18th year as one of 48 voting members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and is also on the Hall’s Contributor Committee. He is the co-host of the weekly Pro Football Hall of Fame radio show on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was a fixture on sports-talk radio in St. Louis since 1979, save for a 17-month stint as co-host of a nationally syndicated sports show on the Las Vegas-based Sports Fan Radio Network from January, 1994 to June, 1995. He is also the co-host with Jeff Biggs on Biggs and Balzer weekends on the SportsMap Radio Network.
A 1974 graduate of Hofstra University, Balzer was the sports information director at the school while a student and after graduation worked as director of public relations for the National Wheelchair Athletic Association, director of public relations and promotions for the Long Island Tomahawks of the National Lacrosse League and director of public relations for the Continental Basketball Association. Prior to leaving New York for St. Louis in 1978, he was also the play-by-play typist for all basketball games at New York’s Madison Square Garden.