Steve Buckhantz Biography
Steve Buckhantz is a brilliant television play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wizards. With 40 years of broadcasting experience, including over a quarter-century in the Nation’s Capital.
Steve is one of the longest-tenured sportscasters in the Metropolitan area. Additionally, he is a four-time Emmy award winner, including the honor for Wizards play-by-play in 2008, Buckhantz is in his 18th season as the television voice of the Wizards on NBCS Washington.
Steve Buckhantz Wife
He and Shelley Lawrence tied the knot on a Sunday on the beach in Florida. The Wizards announcer and real estate agent wed in front of his sports buddies, who peppered the weekend festivities with the lifelong bachelor’s catchphrase.
Steve Buckhantz Career
Steve has spent the majority of his extensive sports broadcasting career in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
Before joining Comcast SportsNet in 1997, he spent 13 years with Washington’s WTTG FOX 5, the last 10 as sports director and lead anchor. During his tenure at FOX 5, Buckhantz also served in a variety of other on-air capacities throughout the region.
He was part of Fox Sports’ inaugural season of NFL coverage, serving as a play-by-play announcer for three years. Additionally, he was the radio voice for Navy football for seven seasons. He also worked as a morning sports anchor on WWDC AM and FM from 1994 to 1997.
Before returning to Washington, D.C., Buckhantz was a television sports anchor and reporter in several different southeast markets. He was the weekend sports anchor and reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV (ABC) from 1981 to 1984 and with WTVF (CBS) in Nashville from 1980 to 1981.
From 1978 to 1980, he served as the sports director and lead anchor for Chattanooga’s WRCB (NBC) after beginning his career at WHSV (ABC) in Harrisonburg, Va.
Buckhantz has been recognized with several awards and honors throughout his career, including induction into the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences ‘Silver Circle’ for the significant contributions he has made in more than 25 years of broadcasting in the region.
He has also earned three Capital Region Emmy Awards, two for play-by-play and one for hosting and interviewing. The Southeast Chapter honored him with an Emmy for sports reporting during his time in Atlanta. In 1995, his alma mater recognized him with the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award.
Steve Buckhantz Reporting Style
Buckhantz began has garnered a reputation for his emphatic expressions, such as “Dagger”, “Blocked by ]!”, “Backbreaker”, “How good is he, Phil?”, “How do you like that?”, “Tough shot!”, “It’s good if it goes!…. And it nearly did!”, “Score the field goal, he’ll go to the line!”, “For the win!”, “The refs have swallowed/put away their whistles!”, “That’s gotta be five seconds!”, “That’s hard to believe”, “And [player/coach] is Livid!/Incensed”, “Oh My!”, “Follows it up twice! “, and “NO, it’s not possible!”
His catchphrases have seeped into the lexicon of Washington, D.C. area sports fans, who revel in using them to describe a myriad of non-sports related events (ex. males observing a friend attempting to ask a woman for her phone number exclaim “Dagger!” or “Backbreaker!” when she can be seen rejecting the friend’s advances) as well as debating the subtle and compelling distinction between a “Backbreaker” (a made basket at a critical juncture in a game that breaks any chance that the opposing team will win) and a “Dagger” (a made basket at a critical juncture in a game that stabs like a dagger at the opposing team’s chance of victory)
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After 22 great years, Steve Buckhantz will not be returning to the both for the Washington Wizards.
The NBA offseason has been full of mostly good to great news for Washington Wizards fans. It was almost too good to be true. A franchise buried under its incompetence during recent years looked to have a plan through the draft and free agency. Things seem to be going as good as they can be for a team destined for lottery contention this season. All things considered, it’s been a solid offseason for the Wizards.
That was until last night. Now, what many of the Wizards faithful have been fearing for months finally has some reporting behind it. According to Scott Allen of The Washington Post, Steve Buckhantz will no longer be calling games for the Washington Wizards. Justin Kutcher of FOX Sports is expected to replace him.
After 22 years of calling games, this news marks the end of an era in Wizards basketball. Few, if any, are celebrating the report of a new play by play announcer in DC.
The impressive moves made by Tommy Sheppard and the rest of the Wizards organization this offseason that has helped regain some trust from the fans. This decision, however, seems to be undoing it all. Especially given the fact that Buckhantz, himself, expressed a desire to return to the booth. The Grunfeld era was a good one to end. The Buckhantz era, though, should have been kept alive.
Back in May, during an interview with The Washington Post, Buckhantz had this to say about his time in the booth: “I’d like to think I’ve made an impact in this market after 35 years.”
There’s no doubt he made his impact. Simply hop over to Twitter, search “Steve Buckhantz,” and you’ll find an outpouring of love form every corner of the internet. On social media, where people seem to love to assign blame and revel in the negative, nobody has a bad word to say about Buckhantz. Nobody.