CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Hornets announced Tuesday that longtime play-by-play announcer Steve Martin will retire at the end of the season.
Martin, a veteran broadcaster with over 50 years of experience, has been the voice of NBA basketball in Charlotte since the Hornets’ inaugural season in 1988. Since that time, Martin has been the play-by-play anchor for Charlotte basketball on either radio or television, alongside such analysts as Mike Gminski, Henry Williams and Dell Curry.
“Since the inaugural season tipped off in 1988, Steve Martin has brought Hornets basketball to fans around the world,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “Whether it comes through the radio or the television set, whether it’s a live game or a rebroadcast from 20 years ago, Charlotte fans know that familiar voice and that Steve is once again going to transport them to the Charlotte Coliseum, Spectrum Center or whichever road arena their team may be playing in. He is one of the true icons of the history of the Hornets, right up there with the teal and purple colors and the pinstriped uniforms.”
Martin has also announced college football and basketball for Jefferson-Pilot Sports and Raycom Sports. He was named Sportscaster of the Year in North Carolina in 1989, 1994, and 1997.
“To have been in this business for 50 years and call 30 seasons worth of NBA games is a feat that I never could have anticipated as a 15-year-old in Millinocket, Maine, or even when I first did play-by-play in 1972 at WBAI,” said Martin. “I’ve had the good fortune of working with dozens of great broadcast partners, producers, directors and crew members, and hundreds of coaches and players who helped make my job easier. It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of Hornets history and I want to thank all the fans who have watched or listened over the years. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.”
The Hornets will recognize Martin during the team's final home game of the season on Sunday, April 8.