David Steele (sports announcer)
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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. He is an announcer on the NBA's Orlando Magic basketball games on Sun Sports and FS Florida, and is an analyst for a variety of sports aired on the regional sports networks. Steele 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.
Steele served as the host of the UF football and basketball television coaches/highlight shows and 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, Florida, and WLOS-TV in Asheville, North Carolina. He has also served as the football and basketball play-by-play announcer at Western Carolina University. In 2014, Steele announced an NCAA national semifinal between the Florida Gators and Connecticut Huskies for the Gators' teamcast on TNT.
Awards and recognitions
Steele has been named "Sportscaster of the Year" in Florida and North Carolina. He is 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.