David Steele (sports announcer)
|This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (May 2009)|
August 13, 1953|
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
|Occupation||Sportscaster, Play-by-Play Announcer, Area Announcer|
|Years active||1973 - Present|
David Steele (born August 13, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American television and radio sports broadcaster and serves the NBA's Orlando Magic basketball games on both Sun Sports and FS Florida as well as an analyst for a variety of sports aired on the regional sports networks.Steele previously was the radio play-by-play voice for all Magic games for the team's first nine seasons before joining Sun Sports for Magic telecasts in March 1998.
Steele arrived back in Orlando in 1989 after serving as network coordinator and football/basketball play-by-play announcer for the University of Florida for seven 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. Steele replaced Chip Caray as the teams' play-by-play announcer after serving as the Magic radio play-by-play announcer for eight seasons. Steele also serves as a sports columnist for foxsportsflorida.com.
Previously, Steele also served as the host of the UF 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. Steele also has had stints as sports director at WJHG-TV in Panama City, Fla. and WLOS-TV in Asheville, N.C. He has also served as the football and basketball play-by-play announcer at Western Carolina University.
Awards and recognitions
Steele has been named "Sportscaster of the Year" in both Florida and North Carolina. He is also a past president of the Florida Sportscasters Association.
Steele and his wife, Sally, have three children, Luke, Emily, and Betsy. They reside in Winter Park, Florida, a North Orlando suburb.