Television Play-By-Play Announcer
Dave Benz, a graduate of Oswego State University (Oswego, NY,) joins the broadcast team this season and brings a wealth of experience and versatility to Minnesota with over 20 years in the sports industry.
Benz comes to the Twin Cities from the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as host, anchor and reporter for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. There he had the opportunity to cover the Giants 2010 World Series title and the 49ers run to the NFC Championship game as a pre and postgame show host. His lengthy career has afforded him the opportunity to regularly cover a number of NBA teams including roles as pre and postgame host for the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. He has also had roles covering the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets.
Dave Benz and his wife Sacha have one child, Brendan who is three.
Jim Petersen returns for his 15th season with the Wolves’ broadcast team. Partnered with Tom Hanneman, Petersen brings the experience of an eight-year NBA career to his analysis.
A St. Louis Park native, Petersen was named Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball in 1980 and was the first McDonald’s All-American from Minnesota. He went on to be a four-year letter winner at the University of Minnesota and was a member of the Gophers’ 1982 Big Ten Championship team.
Petersen was selected 51st overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1984 NBA draft. He played forward and center for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors before retiring in 1992.
After leaving the NBA, Petersen worked for the NBA Players Association in their player programs division, facilitating seminars in NBA locker rooms on topics such as AIDS awareness, substance abuse and career/financial planning for life after basketball. Petersen currently resides in Wayzata along with his wife Tika, and son, Sanjay.
Timberwolves games are carried locally by Fox Sports North and My29 WFTC-TV.
Radio Play-By-Play Announcer
Alan Horton enters his sixth season as the play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Horton will call every Wolves game this season on the team's radio home, WCCO 830.
Horton also handles the radio play-by-play duties for the Minnesota Lynx. He comes to the Timberwolves and Lynx after spending the summer of 2007 WNBA season calling the Seattle Storm's games for Seattle radio, as well as serving as the executive producer of the Seattle SuperSonics radio network.
A native of Massachusetts, Horton spent 10 years in Southern California as a sports broadcaster on both radio and television. In addition to his time with the Storm, his play-by-play experience includes the San Diego Padres, San Diego State University football, men's and women's basketball and baseball, as well as high school football.
Horton lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amy, and their son, Andre.
John Focke joined the Minnesota Timberwolves Radio Network as producer and studio host before the start of the 2007-2008 season.
Prior to joining the Wolves, Focke was the voice of Northern Michigan University Hockey as well as the host of the University's football and basketball pregame, half-time and post game shows, in addition to providing color commentary for the games. A native of St. Paul, Focke graduated from Ohio University in 2002 before starting his career as a sports director at KATE Radio in Albert Lea, MN where he called play by play for the local high school and covered the Wolves, Twins, Vikings, Wild and Gophers.
Focke also spent a year with the MN Wild as a part time producer with their Radio Network.
Spanish Radio Play-By-Play Announcer
Alfonso Fernandez serves as the Spanish play-by-play announcer for select home games. Fernandez has a familiar voice in the market, as he also broadcasts in Spanish for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins.
Prior to joining the Wolves’ broadcast team, Fernandez called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers (1988-89 through 1989-90), Los Angles Clippers (1993-94 through 1994-95) and the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams (1987 through 1991).
A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Fernandez graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Hollywood, Calif. He spent 21 years broadcasting in Southern California and has been on the air for nearly 30 years overall. When he is not behind the microphone at major sporting events, Fernandez is a missionary traveling around the United States and Mexico preaching to and helping people with alcohol-related problems.
Fernandez resides in Eagan, Minn., along with his wife, Rosalia, and their children Angela and Jared.
Timberwolves games are carried locally by WCCO 830.