Wizards TV and Radio Broadcasters

STEVE BUCKHANTZ
Television Play-By-Play Announcer
NBCSW

With 40 years of broadcasting experience, including over a quarter-century in the Nation's Capital, Steve Buckhantz is one of the longest tenured sportscasters in the Metropolitan area. A four-time Emmy award winner, including the honor for Wizards play-by-play in 2008, Buckhantz is in his 18th season as the television voice of the Wizards on NBCS Washington.

Buckhantz' dramatic game calls have crept into DC's sports lexicon. "Dagger," "Backbreaker," "Not Possible," all are heard regularly on sports highlight shows around the country.

Buckhantz is a native of Washington, DC, born in the District and raised in nearby Arlington, VA. He attended Washington-Lee High School and his education continued at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts. In 1995 Buckhantz was honored with JMU's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Following four years broadcasting JMU basketball games on radio, Buckhantz made the transition into television at ABC affiliate WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, where he anchored the 11pm sports and weather. His TV career then took him to WRCB in Chattanooga, TN, WTVF in Nashville, TN and WSB in Atlanta, GA, before returning in 1984 to his hometown and Fox owned WTTG-TV, where he was the Sports Director and lead sports anchor for nearly 14 years. Buckhantz' play-by-play work also includes the "NFL on Fox" and in 1994 was part of that networks' inaugural season televising professional football. From 1991-'97 Buckhantz was the radio play-by-play voice of the US Naval Academy Football Team. In 2011, Buckhantz was inducted into The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences National Capital Chapter Silver Circle, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the broadcast industry over the span of 25 years or more in the National Capital region.

Buckhantz is involved in numerous charitable events in the Washington area, and for the past 18 years has been the spokesman for the Steve Buckhantz/St. Jude Celebrity Golf Tournament, which to date has raised over three million dollars to benefit research at the children's hospital in Memphis, TN.

Kara Lawson
Television Analyst
NBCSW

The 2017-18 NBA campaign marks the first for Kara Lawson as primary analyst for Washington Wizards’ games. A native of the Washington, D.C., area and a former member of the Washington Mystics and University of Tennessee Lady Vols, Lawson has covered college and professional basketball for 14 years. Before joining NBCSW’s team, Lawson was a longtime ESPN game and studio analyst for men’s and women’s college basketball and the NBA, a role that that she still currently serves. On Jan. 12, 2007, she became the first female analyst for a nationally televised NBA game, which coincidentally featured the Wizards.

As a player, Lawson earned numerous accolades at the professional, international, college and high school levels. She spent 14 seasons in the WNBA, appearing in 377 games for Sacramento, Washington and the Connecticut Sun from 2003 to 2015. She led the Monarchs to the championship in 2005, was a 2007 WNBA All-Star and was the recipient of the league’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award in 2009. She spent her final two seasons, 2014 and 2015, with the Mystics. Lawson represented the United States in 59 international games in tournaments, including the Olympics, FIBA World League Tournament, FIBA Americas Championship and World University Games. She was a member of the team that captured the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

Overall, Lawson earned five gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal in various competitions as a member of the USA Women’s National Team.

At the University of Tennessee, Lawson played for legendary coach Pat Summit. During her collegiate career, Lawson led the Lady Vols to four Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular-season titles, the 2000 SEC Tournament championship and three Final Four appearances. Among her many academic and athletic honors, Lawson was a four-time All-SEC and two-time SEC All-Tournament selection, 2003 Academic All-America and three-time Academic All-SEC selection. She was also a recipient of the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Born in Alexandria, Va., Lawson is a graduate of West Springfield (Va.) High School, where she led the Spartans to consecutive Virginia Class AAA state basketball championships. In 1999 she was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year and The Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year, one of her three All-Met honors.

Lawson is active in the community and an advocate for fitness and personal health issues. She is a member of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign and actively supports several charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society and Race for the Cure.

DAVE JOHNSON
Radio Play-By-Play Announcer

The 2017-18 season marks Dave Johnson’s 21st consecutive campaign as the voice of the Wizards on the Wizards Radio Network.

Johnson’s ties to the Washington DC sports community are strengthened by his efforts as the sports director and morning sports anchor for WTOP radio (103.5 FM), where he recently won an Edward R. Murrow award for best writing, and for his work in studio on NBCSW as a frequent anchor of CSN’s nightly sports show.

Johnson’s ubiquitous presence in the sports community is also due in part to his role as the television play-by-play voice of Major League Soccer’s DC United on NBCSW, and to an extensive history with televised soccer that includes appearances on ESPN and FOX Soccer Channel. Johnson also served as the play-by-play voice for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on XM radio, for whom he called over 20 matches, including the World Cup final in Berlin.

Among Johnson’s other career highlights is an Emmy Award for his work as the host of the NHL’s Washington Capitals “Face Off” television show, countless anchored telecasts not just on NBCSW but also on FOX 5, an extensive play-by-play resume of college football, college basketball and lacrosse, and in the summer of 2006, Johnson served as a fill-in on Washington Nationals radio broadcasts.

A graduate of Towson University, Dave and his wife, Diane, live in Annapolis, MD with their son, Pierce.

GLENN CONSOR
Radio Color Analyst
106.7 The Fan

The 2017-18 season marks Glenn Consor’s tenth season as the color analyst and post-game call-in show host on the Washington Wizards Radio Network. Alongside 20-year play-by-play veteran Dave Johnson, Consor brings over two decades of experience covering the Wizards to the booth.

After 18 years covering the Wizards for various media outlets, most recently for NBCSW as an analyst on the network’s live postgame show, Consor added a new perspective of watching the Wizards to his resume during the 2007-08 season. Previously, from 1990-95 Consor was a scout for the Wizards franchise and Indiana Pacers.

In addition to his work with the Wizards, Consor has served as a basketball analyst for NBA-TV, Home Team Sports, ESPN’s regional college basketball broadcasts, Sports Talk 980, Westwood One’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament, and NBCSW’s collegiate broadcasts. Consor is a fixture on MonumentalNetwork.com and provides periodic Wizards analysis for CSN as well, and served as Wizards Camp Director in the summer of 2009 for two youth basketball camps.

In his playing days, Consor started for four years for Hall of Fame Coach Rick Pitino at Boston University, before playing professionally in Israel. Originally from Flushing Queens, New York, Consor currently resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife, Mara, and two sons, Kenny (22), and Jonny (18).

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