Sports Talk Radio Host Steve Kaplowitz
SportsTalk host Steve Kaplowitz joined us to discuss allegations of hazing and shooting against New Mexico State men’s basketball, his career journey so far and working alongside legendary UTEP coach Don Haskins.
Kaplowitz hails from Coronado and studied at the University of Texas at Austin before beginning his professional life at KROD Radio (El Paso’s ESPN affiliate) where he started as board operator.
Early Life and Education
Kaplowitz moved with his family from Michigan to El Paso after his father secured employment there in 1978, becoming an avid sports fan and season ticket holder of UTEP Miners under legendary coach Don Haskins. Since the station first came on air, he has hosted his popular Sports Talk talk show on 600 ESPN radio.
He was also involved with the Jewish Chaplains Council, serving on both their professional staffs. Additionally, he is an honorary member of both Schechter School of Long Island and Jewish Education Project; furthermore being part of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Steve Kaplowitz is one of El Paso’s most prolific sports journalists. He hosts a weekday sports talk show on KROD Radio, reports play by play for both football and basketball games, works television broadcasting jobs, writes weekly columns and has hosted major local sporting events.
Kaplowitz is active with several charitable organizations and served as a reserve chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. Additionally, he belongs to both the Jewish Chaplains Council and Schechter School of Long Island as members.
Kaplowitz started his career at KSJR in 1995 as a board operator and helped launch Crunchtime, the weekend sports talk show. Later he joined Sports Talk as part of its morning team.
Achievement and Honors
Kaplowitz continued hosting his KROD 600 sports talk show during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 in El Paso despite national sports blackout restrictions, in spite of its challenges and how he kept audiences entertained and informed. He discussed these obstacles along with strategies he employed to stay engaged with audiences while still being entertaining and informative for listeners.
Kaplowitz is an enthusiastic Brown alum and serves on both the Brown Club of Central New Jersey board and its 20th Reunion Leadership Committee, in addition to longstanding support of Brown University’s gymnastics program.
Kaplowitz is an advocate for women’s sports, emphasizing its life lessons as an integral component of life. She regularly speaks at high schools and serves on the board of PowerPlay NYC which uses sports to empower inner city girls through athleticism.
Steven Kaplowitz has been one of El Paso’s go-to sports talk radio hosts for over 24 years, working his trade as one of the most versatile journalists around – covering football and basketball play-by-play, television production work, weekly column writing, hosting major local sporting events – among many other capacities.
Kaplowitz hails from Long Island, New York and attended Coronado High School before enrolling at the University of Texas. There he approached their student radio station asking to start hosting shows; eventually becoming host of an on-air sports talk show each day on KROD 600 ESPN.
Kaplowitz has long championed women’s sports. She regularly speaks at high schools about its lessons and empowerment potential.
Kaplowitz is an accomplished businessperson and entrepreneur estimated to be worth an estimated net worth of over $3 Million. As the Managing Director for New Businesses for Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA), one of the world’s largest media conglomerates, he pioneers and expands their sports betting and online gaming businesses.
At 600 ESPN in El Paso, he hosted a long running sports talk show. A passionate supporter of UTEP Miners basketball under legendary coach Don Haskins, he shared many memories watching games alongside his father watching games under legendary coach Don Haskins himself. Furthermore, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he hosted a live radio show to keep listeners informed and entertained.