Play-By-Play, Atlanta Hawks Radio Network
A 2011 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee, broadcasting ironman Steve Holman begins his 30th season behind the mic on the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network. The "Voice of the Hawks" has broadcast 1,962 consecutive Hawks games on radio, including playoffs, dating back to March of 1989, the longest current streak of any NBA broadcaster. Consecutive game no. 2,000 is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Philips Arena against the Nets. Holman has been calling games for more than half of the team's 44 years in Atlanta, and has done well over 2,000 Hawks contests overall.
His most recent milestone, consecutive game no. 1,500, came on his 53rd birthday on March 5, 2007 in Miami. Holman worked his 1,000th straight Hawks radio broadcast on February 18, 2001 when Atlanta visited Golden State.
Holman has announced Hawks games around the globe, including contests from Russia, England, Puerto Rico and Canada, and has been a part of several notable historical calls, including the night Dominique Wilkins became the team’s all-time scoring leader, as well as Lenny Wilkens’ record-breaking 939th career win.
The 58-year-old Holman had done play-by-play and color commentary on Hawks broadcasts for 3 1/2 years before taking over the full time play-by-play duties in 1989.
During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Holman was part of Westwood One's/NBC National Radio coverage, calling play-by-play action for both the United States men's and women's gold medal basketball teams in addition to boxing.
Holman’s first radio job was as a 17-year-old high school senior at WCCM, where he got to work under sportscasting icon Curt Gowdy, who owned the station. Holman has been involved in the NBA since the early 1970s when he was broadcast assistant to the Boston Celtics' late play-by-play legend Johnny Most. Holman's first experience calling NBA action came in 1975 when Most lost his voice mid-game.
He has been a fixture on Atlanta radio since 1980 when he arrived to work on Falcons football and Atlanta Chiefs soccer. Along with his numerous awards for sports reporting, Holman has also won the Georgia Associated Press Award for his Hawks broadcast coverage. Holman and his wife Mary Jane reside in Newnan and are the parents of two grown sons, Steve Jr., and Scott, whose wife Amy gave birth to Holman's first grandson, Connor, in November, 2011.
Holman was born March 5, 1954 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.