Chad Brillante / Host of The Drive on ESPN Pensacola Radio
Chad Brillante hosts “The Drive” on ESPN Pensacola from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. He has been a sports radio host in the Panhandle of Florida for over 5 years. After the family moved from Boston, Chad grew up in Melbourne, Fla. before Chad attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting.
Chad’s college baseball career as a pitcher at UCF ended after tearing his rotator cuff in 2004. In 2005, he began his first job in broadcasting with ESPN 1080 Orlando. After 3 years in Orlando he moved to Las Vegas to work as a play by play commentator with the Toronto Blue Jays AAA baseball affiliate, the Las Vegas 51er’s. While in Vegas, Chad hosted a Daily MLB radio show for the Prime Sports Network. He moved to Fort Walton Beach in 2010 and began working for the Ticket Sports Network, as well as various College Sports Networks including ESPN U, PSB Sports, and The American Network calling events like the College World Series and the Final 4 in Kansas. Chad now resides in Pensacola with his wife Brittany, 3 month year old Daughter Leighton, and their pets.
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