Jeff is an expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America.
After anchoring and reporting on major sporting events from the Olympics to the World Series to the Super Bowl in a career spanning 40-years, Jeff turned to his passion of high school football with an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet.
Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports. In addition, he is the host and producer of two radio shows: High School Football America and the National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) Sports Hour. The two shows average over 150,000 downloads per show on the ArtistFirst Radio Network. Fisher is also the Communications Director for the NHSCA.
Fisher began High School Football America after writing 52 different blogs on high school football. He operated those blogs while also co-managing Blitz Group with his business partner Trish Hoffman. Blitz Group is an award-winning boutique media company that places experts in the highest levels of media like CNBC, the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Fisher was a TV sports anchor at Fox Sports Net for the Chicago, Bay Area and Ohio regions. While in the Windy City, Fisher reported on all Chicago professional and college teams, plus served as a pre, post and in-game host on Fox Sports Net’s Emmy-award winning broadcasts for the Cubs and White Sox. Jeff also worked as a co-host and pit reporter on several different motorsports programs on Speed Channel and The Outdoor Channel.
Before arriving in Chicago, Jeff was the Sports Director at WFMZ-TV in the Allentown/Philadelphia market. Fisher was the creator, executive producer and host of The Big Ticket. The weekly, 60-minute high school football wrap-up show won him the Associated Press Best Sportscast in Pennsylvania Award in 2000.
Fisher is also the creator and host of more than a dozen half-hour sports specials featuring international superstars such as Mario Andretti and Larry Holmes.
Fisher was also named Media Person of the Year in 1999 by the Colonial League and won the prestigious Sixth Man Award at Lehigh University while he was the radio voice of the men’s basketball program.
Jeff is an all-around sports fan, who grew-up in Easton, Pennsylvania. His fondest memory in sports is watching his best friend Marty Nothstein win a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Australia and a silver medal in the 1996 games in Atlanta.
What they say about Jeff
“Give a listen to the High School Football America radio program on KLAC/570 on Fridays from 10 p.m. to midnight. It is the smoothest and most complete Southern California high school football radio show that has been on the air these past 22 years.” – Steve Fryer, OC Register, published October 11, 2012
“Jeff Fisher is a shining example of how to make high school sports sing on television. He has always embraced what the community embraces and found the stories that truly resonate with viewers. Nowhere was that more evident than in his dedication to high school football in Pennsylvania in the early 1990s through 2000. Jeff created a high school program called “The Big Ticket” which evolved into must-watch television and still remains on the air at WFMZ more than 20 years later. He knows the players and coaches. He learns their stories and shares them with the audience in a passionate and thorough manner. Jeff’s dedication to high school football comes from the heart. He wears his passion on his sleeve and knows how important these stories are to parents, students, coaches and the community. I’ve worked in the sports industry for 22 years and consider myself extremely fortunate to know Jeff and say I learned from him. Jeff gave me my first job in television, and I still apply lessons he taught me during our time together in Pennsylvania to my work every day.” – Tom Leyden, Sports Director Fox 25 in Boston
“Jeff Fisher is a colleague, but more importantly a friend. In 2012, Jeff was one of the first guys I connected with after my appointment as Head Football Coach at Orange Lutheran High School. He had me on his show the first week High School Football America/SoCal started on AM 570 FOX Sports Radio. Prior to arriving at Orange Lutheran, I coached at the United States Air Force Academy for 18 years and 4 years at the University of North Texas. During that 22 year run, I was blessed to deal with various media outlets at the highest level. I was fortunate to be interviewed by all the “big time” broadcasters. The first interview I did with Jeff was, by far, the most organized, planned and successful interview I have ever done. From the minute we started talking he put me at ease and made me very comfortable. His questions were relevant and too the point. Since that first interview, Jeff has done several interviews with me and my players and they have been equally professional. Jeff is amazingly knowledgeable about a variety of different sports and can talk intelligently about many different topics. Jeff has a gift and it is talking sports!” – Chuck Petersen, Head Football Coach at Orange Lutheran High School
“Jeff Fisher is one of the most genuine, hard working, prepared and talented broadcasters I have encountered. His genuine passion for prep sports is unmatched. There is nothing manufactured about it. Jeff knows football, knows broadcasting, and knows how to be a teammate. People want to work with Jeff because of his passion and talent, not to mention his ability to make others around him better. Jeff gave me my start in radio, and he could not have been more encouraging. But he also gave great advice and honest feedback, which was sincerely appreciated. Jeff has made great sacrifice to make his passion for high school football work in Southern California. Jeff is like a celebrity when he arrives on campus for games. He has garnered a tremendous amount of respect from players, coaches and media in and around the sport. High School football is a better product in Southern California because of Jeff Fisher”. – Trent Schlom, Sports Reporter/Anchor/Host Angels Radio AM830 KLAA
“Jeff Fisher is a fixture in the world of high school football. His knowledge and unique perspectives on the national high school football landscape are unparalleled. Jeff is one of a kind in our industry!” – Jason Negro, Head Football Coach at St. John Bosco High School
“I’ve known Jeff for almost four years now after he gave me first on-air opportunity on the High School Football America/SoCal Radio Show. He is one of the very few who I have the upmost respect for in regards to the broadcasting industry. His willingness to help others set a path for success in the broadcast industry, is second to no one. Jeff is the consummate professional who knows his stuff and works diligently at being the best at what he does. I would recommend Jeff for any role when it comes to the broadcasting industry.” – Mike Karney, former NFL fullback and former Fox Sports West Prep Zone Analyst