Suns Broadcaster Steve Albert Announces His Retirement After 45-Year Career
Suns TV play-by-play announcer Steve Albert yesterday announced his retirement, "leaving a major void on the Suns' broadcast team," according to Jay Dieffenbach of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Albert "leaves an award-winning 45-year broadcasting career, having called the Suns broadcasts" on FS Arizona the past five seasons. Albert joined the Suns in '12 "following an extensive television and radio career that spanned multiple sports." The "accomplished broadcaster spent 13 years" as the voice of the Nets, five years with the Warriors and a season with the New Orleans Hornets. Albert is also "well known for his work as one of boxing’s top play-by-play announcers." He was a "presence on the New York sports landscape for decades, having done play-by-play" for the Mets, Jets, Islanders and Devils (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/19). The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Mike Barnes noted Albert, a World Boxing HOFer, "called more than 300 title fights" -- including the infamous '97 Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson bout -- for Showtime "during a 24-year span." He is a "member of a famed family of sportscasters" that includes older brothers Marv and Al Albert. Steve Albert "began his broadcasting career while attending" Kent State, when he did play-by-play for the then-Springfield Kings of the American Hockey League (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 4/18).