Sunday Mornings 7:30 am – 8 am
Multi-platform sports broadcaster and journalist Mason Kern is Host of “The Smart Play with Mason Kern” which airs on KDUS AM 1060, which is an SB Nation Radio affiliate in Phoenix —a station serving all of metro Phoenix (top-ranked as the #14 U.S. radio market). On this fun and fast-paced program, Mason spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of professional and college sports. This includes hot topic headlines; interviews with powerhouse guests like NBA All-Star and basketball Hall-of-Famers, as well as NFL Hall of Famers and serious playmakers in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and beyond. Show also features a dedicated “Happenings on the Hardwood” block for comprehensive basketball analysis.
Mason also regularly serves as a Sportscaster, Commentator, and Host for various other radio, TV, and online media outlets across the U.S. This includes live sportscasts on AZTV7’s “The Arizona Daily Mix” show, as well as prior live appearances with Good Morning Arizona, ABC13 Las Vegas, multiple KUSI-TV San Diego (as a member of their sportscasting team), and other shows where he’s delivered insightful pro and collegiate sports reports. Before that, Mason was a regular correspondent with The CW’s “San Diego Living” show where, in addition to providing analysis on pro and collegiate athletics, he’s also showcased sports and fitness product innovations in his own monthly “branded segments.
In addition to hosting his own half-hour Radio Show on the SB Nation affiliate KDUS Sports Radio AM 1060 in Phoenix, Mason also currently co-hosts the ”Bragging Rights” Radio Show on Blaze Radio–Arizona State University’s affiliate station. Mason has also served as a frequent radio guest with the “Sports Hangover” Show, also on KDUS, delivering recurring current event-based sports commentary as their “Phoenix Suns insider,” among other radio shows he’s been a featured guest on.
Relative to his own “The Smart Play” Radio Show, interviewees have included a wide array of NBA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and other noteworthy sports superstars and industry power players. Other of Mason’s career interviews have featured ESPYs-related one-on-one standup interviews with legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, 2017 ESPY-winning snowboarder Anna Gasser, Dallas Mavericks’ point guard Seth Curry, FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart, the “Naughty by Nature” rap group, boxer Andre Berto and many others.
Mason is also an established sports reporter in the Phoenix market, currently serving as a multimedia journalist for Sun Devil Source on the CBSi owned/operated 247Sports Network, where he covers while playing both at home and on the road Arizona State football and basketball. He also provides keen analysis and interviews pro athletes and other sports industry thought leaders for his syndicated editorial work with Court-Side.com, LakeShowLife.com (a Fansided.com property) NYSportScene.com, LinkedIN.com, StewardshipReport.com, Influential-Magazine.com, and TheSmartPlay.net (his own brand), among other distribution platforms and pursuits.
So prolific is Mason’s work that in June 2018, he was named among PHOENIX magazine’s esteemed “40 Under 40, ” which featured achievers in the region who are “crushing it.” Just a few months prior to that, Mason was featured in Scottsdale’s UPTOWN magazine with a headline affirming “Mason Kern’s Got Game.”
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— Listeners may stream all ARCHIVED episodes of The Smart Play Radio Show on the SB Nation affiliate KDUS Sports Radio Phoenix as podcasts, and Mason’s TV sportscasts and other appearances, at any time from The Sports Watchdog YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/2CQ49mB
Mason, himself a highly skilled soccer and basketball athlete, commenced broadcasting early in his sophomore year in high school (2014-2015) when he was just 15 years of age. As a high-performing academic scholar, he was accepted with distinction to Arizona State University’s esteemed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the premier journalism programs in the nation, where he’s since earned his place within the ASU Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Even before attending college, in 2015, Mason was also extended the invitation-only honor to attend (and did attend) the prestigious 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference in D.C. as a National Youth Correspondent.
Mason is a member in good standing with the National Sports Media Association (NSMA), American Sportscaster Association (ASA), United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), and the San Diego Press Club (SDPC).