There It Is! was hosted by Jake Stevens and Marc Lecair. On There It Is! every weekday from 5-6pm PT/8-9pm ET, Jake and Marc were focused on the biggest stories in the sports world around the nation… the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, College Football and Basketball and the hottest topics of the day. As well, they talked Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Chargers, Raiders, Ducks, Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Trojans, Bruins and more in the local area. And of course, they kept track of the Bakersfield Condors as they rolled through another ECHL season in search of a Kelly Cup Championship!
Jake Stevens has been talking about sports as long as he can remember. When he was just five-years-old, he would turn down the volume on his TV and do the play-by-play of games himself, prompting his parents to call him Little Howard Cosell. Little did they know he would continue this type of behavior and turn it into a career.
After growing up in Nanuet, NY, graduating from the University of Michigan and getting a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Jake landed his first paying job in sports at ESPN, in production. He enjoyed his time there from 1993-96, producing highlights and feature stories, but Jake yearned to be calling the action, not behind the scenes.
Luckily enough, Jake got a break in early 1996 when a family friend bought a minor-league baseball team and he was hired as the Director of Broadcasting for the Massachusetts Mad Dogs. Jake learned you do a little bit of everything in the minors, as he helped paint the outfield wall before Opening Day, and helped clean the trash up after Opening Night (while dressed in a tux!!!). Most importantly, he was able to broadcast games, and began his career-long practice of giving a signature call to the game’s biggest moment, announcing home runs for the Mad Dogs with the saying, “That puppy is off the leash.”
After a single season there, Jake drove cross-country to take a similar position with the Bend Bandits in Bend, OR. He spent a pair of seasons with the baseball club and worked with one of his favorite ballplayers when he was growing up, the controversial ex-Met Wally Backman. Again aligning himself with the team’s nickname, Jake’s catch-phrase for a Bandits long-ball was “That raccoon’s out of its cage.”
Not content to just announce baseball, Jake headed south in 1998 to work with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays hockey team. It was a unique experience, as many fans had never watched hockey before, and many listened to the broadcasts while attending the games, to better understand what they were witnessing. With Ice Rays being a made-up name, Jake settled for a variation on his theme, announcing the team’s goals with “Feel the pain.” The phrase immediately caught on, and fans would yell “Feel the Pain” back at Jake when seeing him in public. Hosting his first daily sports talk show there in the summer of 1999, Jake had “Feel the Pain Fridays”, where fans could call in and let everybody know who they wanted to (figuratively) “Feel the Pain!”
Jake returned to his roots in NYC late in 1999, latching on with Small World Fantasy Games. The online company was another dream come true, as he was now paid to write about and play fantasy football and baseball, games he had been involved with since 1988. He also co-hosted a fantasy show on the eYada (an internet outlet way ahead of its time), and was a regular guest on The Sporting News Radio’s Fantasy Source show on weekend mornings.
Out of sports and radio for a few years, Jake came back to his calling in Bakersfield, CA, when he was hired to broadcast games for the Bakersfield Condors hockey team in 2006. After working with the top-notch organization, watching the team play and feeling the community’s passion for the club, Jake decided a simple goal call was all that was needed, and “There It Is!” was born.
Needless to say, those three little words have caught on!
Jake currently resides in Tarzana, CA, with his wife, Lara, and sons, Massimiliano and Benicio.