One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for November 16, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Over the weekend I got watch in person a college basketball game, college volleyball match, and college football game. At each contest I was amazed at the technology at each contest to broadcast the game or at a minimum provide live stats. I started reflecting on my early days as an assistant basketball coach at Western Carolina University. I thought about how important the sports editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times was to us getting coverage. I also thought about a young man that did play by play announcing on the radio for the Catamounts. In the 1980’s radio and newspapers were the way a university promoted their program.
Catamount Basketball games were broadcast on WRGC-540 AM out of Sylva,, NC.
Our radio announcer was David Steele who was a young and upcoming TV sports anchor on WLOS-TV out of Asheville, NC. WLOS was channel 13 and was an ABC affiliate in the 1980’’s.
In 1982 David left Asheville, NC to become the host of the University of Florida football and basketball television coaches/highlight shows as well as coaches’ radio talk shows. He handled play-by-play duties for Florida Gator football on television from 1982-1989. He was very good at what he did.
His professionalism was soon noticed by professional sport franchises. In 1989 he left the University of Florida broadcast network and joined the Orlando Magic in the N.B.A. as their radio play by play announcer for the Magic’s first nine seasons. He assumed the play-by-play duties for the Orlando Magic’s TV broadcasts in 1998, teaming up with former NBA player, head coach and veteran NBA color commentator Matt Guokas. David replaced Chip Caray as the teams’ play-by-play announcer after serving as the Magic radio play-by-play announcer for eight seasons. He has pretty much ben the voice of the Orlando Magic since their inception.
David also serves as a sports columnist for foxsportsflorida.com.
David Steele became friends with another Southern Conference radio play by play announcer in the 1980’s named Steve Martin.
The Friend-DAVID STEELE
The Friend of the Friend-STEVE MARTIN
From the SoCon to the NBA
Steve Martin came to Charlotte, NC in 1982 after serving for 11 years as the sports anchor for AM, FM, and TV stations in Bangor, Maine. In that role he did play by play for the University of Maine for football and basketball games. He got to know former Clemson Baseball Coach Jack Leggett at Maine. Jack was a standout football and baseball player at Maine. When Steve moved to Charlotte, NC he quickly found work as Davidson College radio play by play announcer. That meant an occassional trip to Cullowhee, NC. He could be heard on WBT 1110 out of Charlotte, NC.
Today Steve Martin is radio voice of the Charlotte Hornets. He has done lots of TV games also for the Charlotte Bobcats and Hornets. Some memorable moments have occured for Steve and his announcing partners who have included many including Mike Gminiski and Dell Curry both former Hornets.
A recent pre-game interview with Steve and Dell Curry had Dell’s son Stephen photo bomb them.
Today lots of colleges are delivering audio over the internet. Back in the 1980’s it was radio and the Southern Conference (SoCon) had two future NBA announcers in their midst with David Steele and Steve Martin.