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The 2021 school year marks the 26th season that Jon Fine (Sports) Productions will have the privilege of producing and calling play-by-play for Denham Springs HS Football radio broadcasts.  In 2021, the broadcast slate will include the Jamboree against Walker,  all 10 regular season Denham games, and every playoff game. Broadcasts will air on Family Radio-91.9 FM-Baton Rouge, starting at 6:00 pm Friday nights with Sport N Center Jackets Warmup.  All broadcasts can also be heard on the Internet at (click Listen Live on the Denham Springs Football PBP page). The first broadcast is Friday, August 27,, when the Jackets host Walker HS in a Jamboree.

Mario Jerez will be the play-by-play announcer of the Jackets.  He takes over for Josh Ward, who is on a one year sabbatical.  Jerez will be joined by Mitch Covington as the color commentator. Producer Jon Fine will contribute to the pre-game, half-time and post-game programming.

“Sport N Center Jackets Warm-Up” will feature an interview with Jackets Football Coach Brett Beard conducted by Mario Jerez. Jon Fine will speak with a prominent Denham Springs community and/or sports figure. Mario Jerez and Mitch Covington will also offer a preview of that night’s game and other pertinent information.

The “North Oaks Health System Half-Time Report” will include Fine interviewing another Denham Springs personality.  In addition, Jerez and Covington will provide a recap of the first half and a look ahead at the second half of action.

During the “Ralph Sellers Chevrolet Post-Game Show”, there will be an extensive game recap, final stats and a look ahead.

When Denham Springs picks up a first down, they’ll achieve a Big Mike’s Sports Bar & Grill First Down”.  All guest interviewees will receive a gift certificate from Buddy’s Bar B Q.

Sport-N-Center owner Stacy Phipps (Baseball) and Big Mike O’Neal (Football) were athletes at Denham Springs HS. Covington was a star Baseball,  Football and Basketball player with the Jackets and is a former DSHS assistant football coach.  Ralph Sellers Chevrolet Parts Manager Jim McChristian says he was an athlete at Denham Springs HS, but we have had a difficult time verifying this claim!  LOL

Fine expressed that he is especially appreciative of the loyal commercial and name mention sponsors the broadcasts have had on Jon Fine Sports Productions’ Denham Springs HS play-by-play broadcasts throughout the years.  Many have been with the broadcasts on a year-in, year-out basis.  Fine expressed hope that listeners will have the opportunity to patronize these businesses and let them know they heard about them on DSHS Football radio broadcasts. 

Jackets play-by-play announcer Mario Jerez is the New Orleans Saints Spanish radio play-by-play announcer. He co-hosts a weekday program, “Early Line’, on ESPN Radio, 104.5 FM, Baton Rouge.  A former Brother Martin football player, Mario is a graduate of LSU, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism. He is single.

Mitch Covington, a 3 sport star at Denham Springs HS, would later serve as a Jackets assistant football coach.  He is presently the head football coach at Denham Springs Junior High School.  He is a graduate of McNeese State , where he played baseball.  He is married and has 2 children.

Jon Fine co-hosted and produced daily 2 hour drive-time radio sports-talk programs in the Greater Baton Rouge area for close to 20 years.  His programs (first SportsTalk, which changed its name to SportsGumbo), aired, at times, in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria, in addition to the Baton Rouge market.  His company, Jon Fine Productions, has produced numerous Denham Springs HS and area HS sports programming on television, radio and internet.  Fine presently has an EBay store—ArrestedDevelopmentMediaGuides.   He is a native of Valley Stream, New York and a graduate of Penn, where he majored in Marketing.  He is single.

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