December 28, 1954 |
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Radio and television broadcaster|
|Years active||1996 – present|
Early life and career
Physioc grew up as a Kansas City Royals fan in Merriam, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University in 1977,. He began his announcing career as Sports Director for KHAS radio in Hastings, Nebraska, covering local high school and Hastings College athletics. After that he went on to become the radio voice of Kansas State Wildcats football and basketball (1979-1982). Mitch Holthus took over after he left K-State. Physioc was also a Sports Anchor on WIBW-TV in Topeka during the late 1970s and early '80s.
Professional sports announcing duties
Physioc began his major league play-by-play announcing career in 1983, broadcasting Cincinnati Bengals football and Cincinnati Reds baseball games, a position he held until 1987 while sports anchor at WLWT.
He then served as the San Francisco Giants announcer for KTVU-TV from 1987-1988, followed by work for ESPN (1989-1995), announcing Major League Baseball, college basketball, baseball and Big Ten football.
In 1995, he announced San Diego Padres games and Pac-10 football games for Fox Sports West. Physioc's previous experience also includes radio play-by-play for the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1989–1990) and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams (1994), and television play-by-play for the Warriors (1990-1991) and the Vancouver Grizzlies during their inaugural season (1995-1996) in the NBA.
From 1997-2009, Physioc called local telecasts of Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels baseball. In November 2009 Physioc was released from the Angels' broadcast crew along with longtime partner Rex Hudler, ending 14 years with the club. Two months later Physioc became a candidate to return to the Angels broadcast team following the death of Rory Markas. However, he lost out to Victor Rojas.
College sports announcing duties
During the baseball offseason, Physioc broadcasts other sporting events, primarily college basketball games (primarily in the West Coast Conference), on the ESPNU network. On January 7, 2006, Physioc made a guest appearance as a substitute play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, taking the place of Joel Meyers for one game because Meyers was on assignment. Phsyioc also appears on Fox Sports Net for college basketball games for the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences.
In late-2008, Physioc was asked to fill in for his Angels broadcast partner Rory Markas, who was the lead announcer for USC Trojans Basketball, while Markas recovered from surgery to remove a blood clot. Physioc and fellow Cincinnati Bengals alum Pete Arbogast alternated play-by-play of Trojans basketball for a few weeks until Markas returned. In January 2010, Physioc and Arbogast again were asked to take over the Trojans' broadcasts following the sudden death of Markas, with Physioc broadcasting one game, and Arbogast taking over the rest of the broadcast schedule.
He is married to Stacey Physioc and has two children, a son Kevin, and daughter, Ryan and two grandchildren. He is known as Steve "The Phiz" Physioc.
- Kansas City Star http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/12/3425165/hiring-hudler-and-physioc-signals.html
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- "Interview with Steve Physioc, Sports Broadcaster" on CollegiateCamo website http://www.collegiatecamo.com/blog/steve-physioc/
- Diane Pucin, "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters," Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2009 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/11/rex-hudler-steve-physioc-no-longer-angels-broadcasters.html
- Dutton, Bob (February 10, 2012). "Hudler, Physioc join Royals' broadcast team". The Kansas City Star.