Steve Buckhantz, the Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer for Comcast SportsNet, has spent the majority of his extensive sports broadcasting career in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet in 1997, Buckhantz spent 13 years with Washington’s WTTG FOX 5, the last 10 as sports director and lead anchor. During his tenure at FOX 5, Buckhantz also served in a variety of other on-air capacities throughout the region. He was part of Fox Sports’ inaugural season of NFL coverage, serving as a play-by-play announcer for three years, and was the radio voice for Navy football for seven seasons. He also worked as a morning sports anchor on WWDC AM and FM from 1994 to 1997.
Before returning to Washington, D.C., Buckhantz was a television sports anchor and reporter in several different southeast markets. He was the weekend sports anchor and reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV (ABC) from 1981 to 1984 and with WTVF (CBS) in Nashville from 1980 to 1981. From 1978 to 1980, he served as the sports director and lead anchor for Chattanooga’s WRCB (NBC) after beginning his career at WHSV (ABC) in Harrisonburg, Va.
Buckhantz has been recognized with several awards and honors throughout his career, including induction into the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences ‘Silver Circle’ for the significant contributions he has made in more than 25 years of broadcasting in the region. He has also earned three Capital Region Emmy Awards, two for play-by-play and one for hosting and interviewing. The Southeast Chapter honored him with an Emmy for sports reporting during his time in Atlanta. In 1995, his alma mater recognized him with the James Madison University Distinguished Alumni Award.
Buckhantz was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Va., where he attended Washington-Lee High School. He currently resides in Oak Hill, Va., with his wife, Shelley.