Meet the Team
DJ grew up in the small town of East Palestine, OH. It was there where he discovered that hard work and passion would drive him wherever he went. A stand out baseball player at EPHS, DJ also had his heart set on becoming a broadcaster. He served as the announcer for sports and assemblies through high school, then pursued a degree in Broadcast Communications at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA.)
Yokley then spent 6 years on the local news scene wearing many hats (videographer, journalist, editor, graphic designer, reporter, and sports reporter) before making the jump in careers to marketing and sales on the national level. It was there where he realized that being able to be a utility player in business would one day land him a company of his own.
DJ is excited to bring YSN to life with the help of his teammates. His heart beats for small towns, and schools who come together and root for their local teams and events. A business owner already, he knows that supporting local activities and sports is the responsibility that sustains a great relationship in towns and cities (large and small.) Bringing these two components back together in unison is going to be a challenge, but one he greatly looks forward to.
What DJ enjoys most is spending time with his wife, Sarah. He also loves spending time with his family and friends, especially his Godson’s: Kealin, and Benson.
Why Sports is important to DJ:
It teaches life lessons before life has the chance to educate us. How to win, how to lose, playing hurt, hot/cold streaks, hard work doesn’t always get rewarded, but most of all being resilient will get you closest to where you want to be.
Bryon comes to YSN with over 2 decades of experience in the streaming industry. Scott is an avid sports fan at all levels, and brings the technical background to bring local games to life on our network. Bryon will serve as President and technical operations specialist for YSN.
Bryon resides in East Palestine with his lovely wife Megan, and his son Hayden.
Why Sports Are So Important to Bryon:
The competitive nature of each sport brings out the best of intelligence and strategy, as well as the crossroads between talent and hard work.
Always in love with sports, Rocky Brown got his ability to play football taken away from him going into his freshman year of high school due to an illness that was originally misdiagnosed. With his weight melting away, unable to eat, kidneys and liver shutting and on the verge of death he naturally kicked out at 2. Doctors told him it’d be in best interest to not play due to the damaged to his organs. All this did be made him obsessed with the game and he soaked up all the stats and information he could. Naturally, this obsession drifted to basketball, baseball, and professional wrestling. He studied journalism in college and graduated cum laude from Youngstown State University. After school, he did the most logical thing and attended wrestling school at OVW in Kentucky making the 7-8 hour drive weekly to train under former WWE wrestler Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore. Rocky then took a job at a group home in Youngstown where he is currently the Director of Residential Services. Rocky found a way to again live out one of his dreams when he married the love his life this last May. He looks forward to others to join him on this next journey as a YSN commentator and contributor.
It’s unofficial if John’s middle name is passion, but if it’s not it should be. John took over the reigns of announcing Girard during in the midst of a 9-1 football season and hasn’t looked back. ‘Big Country’ has become a huge advocate for the YSN brand, and continues to push the importance of sports in every community.
Gregg Brown is an avid sports enthusiast that has played or coached sports for the last 25 years. Brown Brings years of sports knowledge to the YSN family and is always willing to share all of the tricks of the trade he’s learned during his time as a player and coach. While sports are Gregg’s first love, he spends the majority of his time now with his fiancee Rebecca, and his son Jesse, whom he hopes follows in his footsteps as a fan of all things sport.
Matt Mowery is a 2003 graduate of Salem High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Mount Union. At Mount Union, he served as Sports Director for the college radio station WRMU and was the play by play announcer for the 2006 and 2006 National Champion football seasons.
Matt is also husband to Brooke, and father to their son, Max.
Jarrod is a 2004 graduate of Salem High School and a 2008 grad of Xavier University, as well as YSU in 2011. He is currently an employee of Salem City Schools as a 5/6 Intervention Specialist and Junior High Basketball Coach. Jarrod also performs double duty in coaching Track and Field as well.
Niederhiser will serve as color analyst on Salem, teaming with longtime friend Matt Mowery to become the voices of Salem.
Anthony spent his childhood and school years living in North Lima and has always had an interest in analyzing and studying the X’s and O’s of the sports he follows, he graduated in 2011 from South Range. Anthony spent 4 years as a Special Olympics athlete in basketball and softball, playing all around Northeast Ohio as part of a public school age team. He also has a season as an assistant middle school basketball coach at South Range which he gave up to finish his schooling but still has a passion and desire to continue doing in the future. He has stayed supportive of South Range athletics and has run the Raiders athletic Twitter for 3 years. He is a student of YSU class of 2017 as a telecommunication major.
Anthony has spent two full seasons as the ESPN3 color commentator for YSU Volleyball and Softball while conducting interviews and creating video packages for all YSU Sports.
Why Anthony loves sports: Sports bring people together in times when our world can seem so divided. It creates moments we never forget, it creates stories we will never stop telling, and it creates families we will never stop loving. A majority of the people I love I have met through sports, and you just have to give back to the thing that gave you so much.
Michael has had a strong love for sports throughout his life. He enjoys taking the energy that sports provides and turning it into an excellent story. Michael has had the dream of becoming a sports broadcaster since he was a Scripps National Spelling Bee participant in the eighth grade. At this event, he had the opportunity to meet ESPN anchor, Sage Steele, and the conversation they had changed his life forever. The words of advice that Steele gave him stressed the idea of loving what you do and making the most of every opportunity. Michael has had several years of experience covering high school sports for several local news organizations. He plans to graduate from Kent State University with a degree in Journalism.
Michael has always had a strong love for his hometown Wellsville Tigers. He was able to reach his full potential as an athlete when he competed in wheelchair track & field events on his high school track team. Michael has the distinct honor of being the first four-year wheelchair OHSAA State Championship participant. He has enjoyed transitioning from being the announcer at Wellsville events to broadcasting for YSN Wellsville. He has the time of his life broadcasting Wellsville games as the Voice of the Tigers.
Michael also enjoys swimming, reading a good book, and spending time with his friends and family.
Kyle is a casual sports fan and loves all things tech. He is a 2005 graduate of Crestview High School and a 2009 graduate of Youngstown State University. While at YSU he studied computer information systems. Kyle currently works in the healthcare industry developing and supporting healthcare software applications. He loves spending time with his fiance Angie and his family and friends. Kyle brings his vast technical knowledge to YSN to make your listening experience the very best it can be.