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NFLs 2023, top local play-by-play radio voices: Of the best of the best, we’re presenting them alphabetically

 

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NFL Radio: Top Dozen Local Play-by-Play Radio Announcers

 

TAMPA BAY

Gene Deckerhoff – At 78, he still has a gravelly voice invested in the broadcasts and his teams

 

CLEVELAND

Jim Donovan – It’s his 25th year with the Browns, he hopes to back fulltime in 2025 at age 67.

 

ATLANTA

Wes Durham On ESPN and Falcons. Turning 57, his deceased dad Woody was beloved at UNC.  

 

CINCINNATI 

Dan Hoard At 58, he had caught on with the Bengals, University of Cincy, F&B and more. 

 

KANSAS CITY

Mitch Holthus Kansas City Chiefs, 66, marriage in 1994. Bigger now than ever.

 

GREEN BAY

Wayne Larrivee – Wayne, 68, calls the Packers with tons of emotion and national radio.

 

DENVER

Dave Logan – He does it all in Denver. Yes, play-by-play, and at 69 talks at will. He’s 69.

 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Greg Papa – Like predecessor Bill King, 61, the Niners’ Bay Area play-by-player is now an institution.

 

AIRZONA

Dave Pasch Now 51 he’s in a senior ESPN role, radio, TV, Pro/College Football and hoops.

 

PHILADELPHIA

Merrill Reese – Most senior in the NFL, starting in 1977. He’s 81. No one vocally deeper. 

 

DALLAS 

Brad Sham – He’s 74, with strong Texas roots and an identifiable connection with the Cowboys.

 

NEW YORK

Bob Wischusen Underrated and versatile at 52, he does Jets radio and many sports.

 

 


 

 

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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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