- Television Play-By-Play Announcer
Eric Reid is the lone remaining original member of the Miami HEAT broadcasting team and enters his 30th season of calling the action for the HEAT.
Reid has broadcast 2,097 regular season HEAT games during the franchise’s first 29 seasons, having joined the organization just prior to the team’s inaugural season in 1988-89. This season is his 41st consecutive year broadcasting basketball and his 27th doing the play-by-play for the HEAT. Reid, who has won Emmy Awards for his play-by-play work in 2013, 2014 and 2015, will describe the action for all preseason, regular season and postseason games carried on FOX Sports Sun. He also serves as a host for FOX Sports Sun’s Emmy award-winning Inside the HEAT series.
Reid started with the HEAT as the color analyst, for three seasons on the team’s simulcast, before switching to play-by-play duties in 1991, where he worked alongside Dave Wohl, a former HEAT assistant coach and general manager. For eight seasons (1992-00), Reid teamed with Hall of Fame coach, Dr. Jack Ramsay. The popular tandem worked over 500 HEAT telecasts together. Reid has also teamed with former HEAT player Ed Pinckney (2000-03) and former NBA Head Coach Mike Fratello (2002-04). For the 15th straight year, Reid will be joined by another HEAT original, Tony Fiorentino. Every spring, the duo hosts the Reid and Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic and Call of the Game Dinner to raise money for Lauren’s Kids and the Dade School’s Athletic Foundation. In October of 2011, Reid and Fiorentino were honored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Contribution to Sports Award.
Reid is also an accomplished football broadcaster with 21 seasons of work on his resume, including the Big East Game of the Week telecast for two seasons on ESPN Regional, University of Miami games on both SportsChannel and Sunshine Network, Florida International University games on Sun Sports and WTVJ and Boston College contests on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
Prior to joining the HEAT, Reid spent 11 years as a college basketball broadcaster. For six years he was the radio voice of Providence College basketball, including the Friars’ 1987 trip to the NCAA Final Four. Reid spent three years in Boston working for NESN and hosted both pre- and post-game shows for the Boston Red Sox. While at NESN he also did play-by-play for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Red Sox AAA affiliate. He was also the host and writer for the syndicated weekly television show, “This Week in the Big East”.
Reid, who in 2005 received the Outstanding Communicator award from St. Thomas University, began his broadcast career as the radio play-by-play voice of Cornell University football, basketball and lacrosse when he served as sports director at WHCU Radio in Ithaca, New York. He has also done play-by-play work with Brown University football, University of South Florida basketball and Big East basketball. In 1990 he called the NCAA Lacrosse National Championships for ESPN.
Reid is a 1979 graduate of Ithaca College and a native of Massapequa, NY. He resides in Boca Raton, with his wife Sonide. The couple has three children, Phyllisia, Andrew and Dariel.