One of the NBA's most recognizable and decorated play-by-play announcers, Bob Rathbun enters his 17th season as the television play-by-play voice for the Hawks. Rathbun will call all of the games on the Hawks' SportSouth package.
Rathbun has earned a variety of significant broadcasting awards during his career. Earlier this year, he earned Georgia Sportscaster of the Year honors from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Rathbun has won nine Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including one in 2009 for the broadcast of the Hawks-Celtics game six playoff contest from 2008.
His basketball work has touched nearly all of the major broadcast outlets. His NBA work has earned him opportunities to call games for TNT and NBA-TV, after a collegiate resume that includes stints with CBS (NCAA basketball tournament), ABC, and ESPN (college basketball plus college football and the College World Series).
Rathbun has served as the college basketball play-by-play announcer for the ACC Television Network through Raycom Sports since 1988, and he has called games for both the ACC and the SEC on FSN South since he arrived in Atlanta in 1996. He
currently calls games on FSN South’s coverage of SEC football, college baseball, as well as the network’s WNBA Atlanta Dream action.
With an extensive sports background, Rathbun's broadcasting career has earned him eight Sportscaster of the Year honors (Virginia: 1980-82, 1985, 1988-89; Georgia 1998, 2012), a Distinguished Service Award from the ACC (1994), and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Catawba College (1988). He was inducted into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
His baseball resume includes 10 years as FSN South's voice of the Atlanta Braves, three seasons on radio in Detroit with the Tigers, and part-time work on Baltimore Orioles' TV broadcasts.
Rathbun, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Catawba College (1976), and his wife Marybeth have two children, Court and Grace.