Growing up in the 1980's, the local news had a veritable monopoly on information. Cable television was just a hair below luxury item status, so most households didn't have access to a fledgling CNN or ESPN. And the Internet? It was an experimental playground for computer scientists and computer-obsessed.
So, without the Yahoo! Sports and SportsCenters of the world, we looked to our local sports reporters for even the most mundane details about our favorite teams (at least until the Sunday newspaper). If you're like me, these on-air personalities became familiar faces that you still know by name.
Nowadays, it's easy to forget that the local news is still a place for broadcasters to launch their careers. And, slowly but surely, more women are entering the field. While Erin Andrews and Charissa Thompson are two obvious examples of sports broadcasters with a national audience who happen to be smokin' hot, they had to start somewhere.
In cities and towns around the nation, plenty of great looking, charismatic ladies are keeping tabs on local sports news. Many of them may very well end up on a national network one day, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve to get a shoutout now.
These are 20 (of the) sexiest local sports broadcasters.
Lindsay Murphy is a graduate of James Madison University and a native of Washington, DC who got her start covering Virginia athletics as an anchor for WVIR in Charlottesville. Murphy was hired by Fox 5 DC in August 2009, where she serves as the weekend sports anchor and hosts Geico Sports Extra three nights a week.
Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @LindsayFox5
Dana Larson is a Colorado native and a Broncos fanatic—she's particularly fanatical about legendary Denver quarterback John Elway. Despite her sports allegiances, Larson has worked for Fox Sports Southwest in Dallas for the last several years.
Follow Dana on Twitter: @DanaLarsonFSN
Megan Mawicke got her undergraduate degree from Indiana University before going on to get her masters at Northwestern. She was also a collegiate tennis player who competed on the WTA professional tour for a period of time before going on to a career as sports journalist. Mawicke got her start covering politics in Washington, DC before moving back to her hometown to cover sports for CBS 2 Chicago.
Follow Megan on Twitter: @meganmawicke
Kristen Berset is a former beauty queen and a graduate of the University of Florida. She got her start working at local Florida affiliates before moving on to become the weekend sports anchor at WBFF in Baltimore. In May 2012, WUSA9 Washington announced Berset had been hired as a sports anchor and the host of of Sunday Sports Plus.
Follow Kristen on Twitter: @KristenBerset
Katie Witham has been working as a sports reporter and broadcaster for nearly four years. Witham is currently a freelance anchor who has been working with Sports Time Ohio, Major League Soccer, the Cleveland Indians, Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network in recent years.
Follow Katie on Twitter: @Katie_Witham
Meredith Marakovits is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she got her start in broadcasting covering minor league baseball. Marakovits worked for Comcast SportsNet in Philly for a few years before being hired by the YES Network in New York in March 2012 to cover the Yankees.
Follow Meredith on Twitter: @M_Marakovits
When popular sports reporter Kelli Johnson left Comcast SportsNet DC for the Houston area, she was replaced by Nicole Darin in November 2012. Darin had been working as a freelance reporter prior to her full-time position and has worked at local affiliates in Tampa and Colorado Springs as well.
Follow Nicole on Twitter: @NicoleDarin
Jessica Moran was born and raised in New England before traveling south to earn her degree at the University of Tampa in Florida. Moran got her start working as a sports reporter at local affiliates in El Paso and Rapid City before being hired by Comcast SportsNet New England in September 2009.
Follow Jessica on Twitter: @JessMoranCSN
Sarah Kustok is a graduate of DePaul University, where she was a basketball star before graduating in 2004. She spent three years working at CSN Chicago covering various sports in the Windy City before being hired by the YES Network in 2012 to cover the Nets. Kustok has also worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN and the NBC Sports Network.
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahkustok
Priya Desai is a graduate of Indiana University, where she got her start in journalism covering the firing of coach Bobby Knight for the IU newspaper. Desai landed an internship at College Sports Television after graduation being hired as a sports reporter for NY1 news in New York City.
Follow Priya on Twitter: @priyadesai
Kelli Johnson is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where she was a four-year starter for the women's basketball team. She got her start working at local affiliates in Austin and St. Louis before being hired by Comcast in 2004. In September 2012, the network announced that Johnson was leaving the D.C. area to anchor SportsNet Central in Houston.
Follow Kelli on Twitter: @kjohnsoncsn
Tina Cervasio is a graduate of the University of Maryland and got her start on NESN Boston as a field reporter for the Red Sox. She was hired by MSG in 2008 and has since served as an actor for the daily sports show MSG, NY and is a sideline reporter for the Knicks.
Follow Tina on Twitter: @TinaCervasio
Abbey Way was born and raised in Pittsburgh and was a high school athlete before going on to receive her journalism degree from East Carolina University. Currently, she works as a producer at 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, but she's also a writer and an aspiring on-air reporter.
Follow Abbey on Twitter: @abbeyway11
Johanna Gomez is a graduate of Florida International University, a former Dolphins cheerleader and Heat dancer, and she was crowned Miss Miami Dominican Republican in 1999. She currently works for WPLG Miami and serves as an in-game host for Marlins Vision during weekend home games during the MLB season.
Follow Johanna on Twitter: @johannagomeztv
Madelyn Burke is a graduate of Arizona State University who has previously worked for Time Warner, Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet. Currently, she works as a reporter and host for the Los Angeles Clippers' LACtv.
Follow Madelyn on Twitter: @MadelynBurke
Susannah Collins is a graduate of the University of Illinois who got her start in broadcasting covering the Big East Tournament for a web sports show in 2009. In September 2012, Collins was hired by Comcast Sports Net Chicago as an on-site reporter for a number of local teams, primarily the White Sox.
Follow Susannah on Twitter: @susannahcollins
Kristine Leahy is a graduate of Boston University who got her start in broadcasting hosting a daily sports web show for WEEI Boston before being hired by the Celtics as a sideline reporter and host. Leahy was hired by CBS2 Los Angeles in September 2012 as sports reporter and anchor.
Follow Kristine on Twitter: @KristineLeahy
Kavita Channe is a University of Florida graduate who has been making a name for herself in Miami sports over the last few years. In addition to her weekly sports vlog, Channe was hired as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports in 2012 and is a frequent contributing guest on local sports radio.
Follow Kavita on Twitter: @KavitaChanne
ESPN Chicago's Sarah Spain was an all-star athlete in a number of sports growing up in Illinois and went on to attend the Ivy League's Cornell University. Spain returned to Chicago after graduation and worked for Chicago Now and WGN-TV before being hired to anchor SportsCenter for ESPN 1000.
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahSpain
Because there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, maybe even millions—actually, probably not millions—of lovely ladies working local sports media, there's an excellent chance that I failed to include your favorite.
But just remember: It's all a journey. I can tinker. These 20 local ladies are just a jumping off point—so hit me up on Twitter and tell me who I missed! That way the same mistake won't be made twice. See…history isn't always doomed to repeat itself.
But only if you Follow @blamberr on the Twitter machine.