Lakewood High School sports announcer and English teacher Steve Peacock made his network-TV debut via the CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports aired the iconic Mr. America bodybuilding competition on July 22 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Peacock served as Master of Ceremonies of the 2020 Mr. America, which was held at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel in October. Additionally, he provided on-camera narration and performed voiceover work for the post-event production of the show and accompanying promotions, created by Jon Budine of JOSUBU Productions, Nutley, N.J.
The post-event broadcast is a lead-in to Mr. America’s return to Atlantic City later this year. The extravaganza, which will take place Oct. 8 – 10 at the Showboat Hotel & Casino, is expanding into a three-day “All-American, All-Sports Weekend,” featuring the main event (now a natural, drug-free competition) as well as a strongman competition (“Clash of the Tridents”), MAS wrestling, AAU powerlifting and more.
Peacock will, again, serve as emcee of the bodybuilding segment, for which CBS Sports Network has entered into an agreement with promoter Marc Tauriello for another post-event rebroadcast.
Soon entering his tenth year as an LHS educator, in 2021 – 2022 Peacock will return for his seventh season as PA announcer of the Piners basketball program and his second season announcing for the football team. Peacock is also a 1982 LHS alumnus. In 2019, he was inducted into the Lakewood Athletic Hall of Fame for his prowess on the very football field where he now announces.
The Lakewood educator began his foray into sports announcing in 2013, making his fight-announcer debut via Gold Medal MMA at Collins Arena, Brookdale College. The following year he made his reprise appearance, announcing shows for Fight Club Champion MMA in Jersey City and Newark, N.J. In 2015, Global Proving Ground MMA hired him as ring announcer, providing Peacock with his first appearance before the television cameras for cable TV outlets, including Philly Comcast SportsNet.
Soon after, he began working as ring announcer for boxing competitions, including the annual “Gerry Cooney Fight Night” fundraiser in 2018 for the non-profit Youth Consultation Service. Peacock has since announced or emceed hundreds of events across seven states with major markets, such as New York City and Philadelphia.