STEVE HOLMAN INDUCTED INTO
ATLANTA, GA --- Longtime Atlanta Hawks radio announcer Steve Holman, the "Voice of the Hawks", was honored last Saturday night with his induction with a "Career Achievement Award" into the Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame, in ceremonies held at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Marietta, GA, on Saturday, October 15.
Holman, a fixture in Atlanta radio for the past 31 years, is preparing for his 27th season of Hawks basketball and he looks to continue his consecutive games streak of 1,890 straight broadcasts (both regular season and playoff games). Joining Holman as Career Achievement recipients at the Saturday ceremonies were morning hosts Randy Cook and Spiff Carner, and country radio host "Moby".
"It's a tremendous honor to be voted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame by my peers, and to be included with the great professionals that are already members," said Holman. "It's been a privilege to work in the Georgia radio industry for over three decades, and to bring Hawks games to our wonderful fans for the last 26 years. The Hawks and the NBA are my family, so they all share in this honor. I'm truly living my dream, and I hope, as Todd Rundgren says, 'the dream goes on forever.'"
"We are proud and privileged that our very own 'Iron Mic' Steve Holman was recognized for his contributions to Georgia radio through his work with Atlanta Hawks basketball," said Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. "Steve has brought the thrill of Hawks basketball to millions of fans and his commitment to the Atlanta Hawks family for the past 26 years is invaluable to this franchise and to the entire Atlanta sports community."
Having entered the radio business as a high school senior at WCCM Radio in Lawrence, MA, Holman worked at his craft under the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Curt Gowdy, and got his first start calling NBA games in the 1970's when he was the broadcast assistant to Boston Celtics' renowned play-by-play voice Johnny Most. When Most lost his voice during a Celtics game in 1975, Holman stepped in for his mentor, and started his outstanding career.
After relocating to Atlanta in 1980, Holman's first broadcasting opportunities came when he worked on Atlanta Falcons football and Atlanta Chiefs soccer games. He started on Hawks broadcasts in 1985, doing play-by-play and color commentary for 3½ seasons before taking over full-time in 1989.
The 57-year-old Holman, who also served as the morning sports reporter with fellow GRHOF members Tom Hughes (at Atlanta's WGST-AM) and Scott Slade (WSB-AM) over his career, was also a member of the Westwood One/NBC broadcast team at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics games, as he called the action for both the men's and women's gold medal basketball games and boxing competitions.