Joe Buck Bio: Early Life, Career, Wife & Net Worth

Joseph Francis Buck is among the most recognized names and personalities in American sports broadcasting. And for the first time in ages, he will not be calling the game for Fox Sports in the 2022 World Series.

Joe Buck was born on April 25, 1969. The announcer who won the Emmy Award has had quite a career.

Joe became the new lead broadcast team of Monday Night Football beginning in the 2022 NFL after signing with ESPN on March 16, 2022.

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Joe Buck (Source: ESPN Press Room)

He has won several Sports Emmy Awards for his work for Fox Sports. Besides giving coverage to the major league, baseball, he is also the lead announcer for National Football League.

Buck is best at what he does and has already been awarded the National Sportscaster of the Year three times since 1996. He also gives the announcements of the World Series.

Here, we will talk more about Buck’s life and other miscellaneous details. But let’s first look at the quick facts table.

Joe Buck | Quick Facts

Celebrated NameJoe Buck
Real Name/ Full NameJoseph Francis Buck
SiblingsTwo brothers and five sisters
Gender Male 
Age 53 Years Old
Birth Date25 April 1969
Birth PlaceSt. Petersburg, Florida, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height 6’1″/1.85 m/185 cm
Weight80 kg/ 176.3 lb.
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
Wife Michelle Beisner-Buck(m.2014), Ann Buck(m. 1993-2011)
Children 4 (2 daughters and twin boys)
ProfessionSportscaster
HoroscopeTaurus
Eye ColourGreen
Hair ColourLight brown
Net Worth$35 million
Social MediaInstagram
MerchBook
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

Joe Buck | Early Life & Education

The sportscaster was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969 but grew up in Clayton-Richmond Heights, Missouri area.

He attended Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School and later joined Indiana University Bloomington.

Joe Buck’s dad is the late legendary announcer Jack Buck. Due to his remarkable career, Jack got into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011. Growing up, he wanted to be just like his dad. 

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Joe And His Father (Source: NPR)

They’d travel all over the country, and he’d watch his father announce games all the time. His first unofficial broadcast opportunity was in 1987 when his father let him take over his seat at the Cardinals and the Mets in Shea Stadium.

His mother is Carole Buck. He has five sisters, Beverly Buck, Christine Buck, Julie Buck, Betsy Buck and Bonnie Buck, and two brothers, Dan Buck and Jack Buck Jr.

He earned a B.A. in 1991 with a major in English and a Telecommunication minor. He made his broadcast career debut in 1989. He began broadcasting when at university, he was still an undergraduate.

Here is a video of Joe Buck remembering saying goodbye to his father in The Howard Stern Show:

Joe Buck | Age, Height, Body Measurements

The American sportscaster weighs 176.3 lb. and is 1.85 m tall. However, there is little to no info on his physical attributes.

Most of the sporting world adores him, but even a gem like Joe will not go unhated in this world.

Nevertheless, due to his dashing personality, Joe captivates anyone who crosses paths with him.

Joe Buck | Career

Joe did his first broadcast on his 18th birthday when his dad left the booth and told him to take over; he did the play-by-play for one inning of a Cardinals-Mets game.

With that, he started his broadcasting career initially through the play-by-play commentary for Louisville Redbirds, a minor-league Cardinals team.

Eventually, the Floridian received an opportunity yet again for Cardinals games on KMOX television and radio in 1991.

Sportscasting was written in Buck’s stars, and things just took an upward trend from then on.

Buck was hired by Fox in 1994 and became the youngest man ever to announce on network television, which was a daily schedule of National Football League games at just 25 years of age.

Fox Sports produced NFL and was televised on Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox).

In 1996, he became the lead play-by-play voice for Major League Baseball for Fox, teaming up with Tim McCarver.

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Joe And Tony in FOX Broadcasting Booth (Source: TWSN)

Before joining Fox, he was known as a play-by-play for Louisville Redbirds in the minor-league affiliate of the Cardinals and wrote for ESPN while covering Triple-A All-Star Game.

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At Peak

He didn’t quit calling for Cardinals games even after joining Fox Sports. He started working at KMOX with his father and worked with FSN Midwest afterward.

In 2008 he left the FSN Midwest Telecasts for the Cardinals. This was the first time since 1960 a member of the Buck family had not been a part of the broadcasting team.

Joseph became a play-by-play man with Tim Green as his color analyst on the network’s #4 NFL broadcast team. Having worked for many years as an analyst, he became Fox’s main play-by-play man in 2002.

Joe hosted the NFL show Fox’s pregame, Fox NFL Sunday, and doubleheader show postgame on August 14, 2006.

He has joined with Greg Norman and anchored Fox’s set of the United States Golf Association, most notably the United States. The tournament opened in April 2014.

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Joe Buck During His FOX Career (Source: Sporting News)

Joe also hosted a series on HBOs, Joe Buck Live, which got canceled only after three episodes; comic Artie Lange infamously stole the 2009 premiere. In 2009, two more episodes aired.

Buck told a St. Louis radio station in March 2010 that HBO might cancel Joe Buck Live, adding that he “won’t miss” the program and that it required “far more effort and difficulty than I had ever expected.”

Subsequently, HBO reported to Broadcasting & Cable about the cancelation of the program.

Recently in 2022, Joe Buc and Troy Aikman (his fellow broadcaster from FOX) signed multiyear agreements to join ESPN as the new voices for Monday Night Football. They worked together for FOX for 20 years.

Joe Buck | Relationship & Children

The St. Petersburg native has married twice and is currently married to NFL Network and now ESPN reporter and former Broncos cheerleader Michelle Beisner.

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Joe Buck With his Ex-Wife, Ann (Source: The Sun)

The pair married on April 12, 2014, and were blessed with twin sons, Wyatt Joseph and Blake Andrew. The couple still lives together in Florida, and there’s no sign of separation between them.

Previously, Joe was in a relationship with a woman named Ann for almost 18 years and welcomed two daughters, Natalie Buck and Trudy Buck, before separating in 2011. Ann has moved on ever since and is now married to Scott Kitchel.

How Did It Start?

Joe Buck and his wife, Michelle Beisner Buck, were introduced by a mutual friend Rich Eisen for the first time. While the two knew each other through reporting and broadcasting, their paths have never crossed.

As Buck confronted Eisen, he made the first move and asked for her number. Beisner wasn’t impressed at first. She lived with her boyfriend and had always thought Buck was a proud and arrogant guy.

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Joe With His Wife During Their Marriage Ceremony (Source: Legit)

Given her initial disappointment with him, she soon realized that his TV image was very different from who he actually was after Rich introduced them.

Michelle broke up with her then-boyfriend shortly afterward and began going out with Joe. After less than a year of dating, the couple had engaged in August 2013.

The lovebirds tied the knot at a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a year later. Michelle moved from Los Angeles to St Louis, Missouri, with her husband in their two-story home.

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Quick Information on Michelle Beisner Buck:

  1.  She was born in Denver, Colorado, on October 15, 1976. 
  2. She attended Green Mountain High School and later entered the University of Metropolitan State.
  3.  Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Communication degree in 2005.
  4. Beisner worked as a cheerleader in The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders from 1997 to 2003. She has been the team’s captain for six years.
  5.  She is a professional dancer and actor.

Buck and Beisner have two children together. The twins, Wyatt Joseph and Blake Andrew were born on April 26, 2018, one day after their father’s 49th birthday.

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Joe And His Family (Source: Twitter)

Although the twins are the first kids from Michelle, they are the third and fourth kids to Buck.

From his previous marriage to Ann, the star has two older daughters. Joe Buck’s daughters Natalie and Trudy have an excellent relationship with their father, stepmother, and children.

Trudy Buck is studying film at USC and is a classmate of Olivia Jade. Before Olivia broke the news of the college controversy, the two were roommates. On the other hand, Natalie studied Telecom Engineering at the University of Indiana.

Do People Hate Joe? 

More often than not, TV stars feel hate from viewers for various reasons. Joe buck hasn’t avoided this criticism and disappointed sports fans. In 2011, on their list of ‘The worst announcers in NFL history,’ a website listed him at number four.

The Reason Behind the Criticism

Do all the facts raise why Joe Buck is hated so much by football and sports fans? Firstly Fans think he’s biased when it comes to other athletes and teams.

As we know, sports announcers should be impartial while commentating, ensuring that all parties receive equal treatment.

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Joe Buck In The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Source: NBC)

Fans accuse Joe of showing favoritism to individual players and teams on many occasions; however, the loathing is so much that Green Bay Packers fans launched a petition in 2017 seeking to get Buck and his friend Troy Aikman barred from announcing/commenting on the game.

Fans believed their team had always been under pessimistic scrutiny during commentary. More than 29,000 people signed the petition calling Buck boring.

But many complain that while Buck has an incredible voice, he relies too much on it. Unlike other commentators, he does not use intonations or display emotions during plays at vital moments, where appropriate.

Joe Buck: Vocal Chord Ailment

Shortly after broadcasting Super Bowl XLV for Fox in 2011, Buck said he’d developed a virus on his left vocal fold nerves. According to Buck, despite the ailment, it “came out of the blue” and hindered his ability to raise his voice.

Even after encountering such hindrances, during the 2011 season, he began broadcasting baseball for Fox and later returned that fall as the lead NFL announcer on the network.

In 2016, Buck finally said the problem was not caused by a virus but rather by vocal cord paralysis, possibly induced by anesthesia during multiple hair transplantation procedures.

Joseph Buck | Net Worth

Apart from athletes, some of the highest-paid individuals in sports today are sportscasters and coaches.

Jim Rome sits at the top of the list of highest-paid sportscasters in 2022 with an annual salary of around $30 million and Troy Aikman at second on the list with about $18 million annual salary.

While Joe Buck is at 5 with an annual salary of around $15 million.

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Joe Buck’s House (Source: The Business Journals)

As for Joe, his net worth is around $35 million. He gets paid about $667k-833k to call NFL games. The broadcaster also works as a brand endorser with Holiday Inn, Budweiser, and National Car Rental.

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Joe Buck | Social Media Presence

Joe, as a vibrant personality, is also very busy on Instagram. We will also dig in more to find his other social media accounts.

He uses @Joe Buck as a handle for Facebook, and @Buck and @joebuck as handles for Twitter and Instagram, respectively.

Facebook: 7.8k followers

Twitter: 278.8k followers

Instagram: 39.6k followers

Joe Buck | Popularity

Joe is among the list of a popular sportscasters. He is often criticized on the internet but mostly praised for his voice hence his popularity.

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Joe Buck’s Popularity In The States (Source: Google Trends)

The above image illustrates Joe’s popularity over the year in the United States of America. 

Joe Buck | FAQs

How much does Joe Buck earn annually?

Joe Buck earns $15 million annually.

What is Joe Buck – Kris Bryant issue?

Joe Buck asked Kris Bryant about his future with the Cubs as Bryant was on the road to becoming a free agent.

Bryant handled the situation maturely, mentioning that he wears the Cubs jersey proudly, though Bryant’s father took it personally and expressed his disappointment towards Buck. 

Did Joe Buck retire?

No. Joe Buck has not retired yet. 

What team did Joe Buck play for in the NFL?

He is a lead play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football on ESPN. Buck never played sports professionally.

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