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Steve Martin to Return to Hornets Radio as Play-By-Play Announcer

April 23, 2015 – The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Steve Martin will return to the team’s radio broadcasts as play-by-play announcer after spending eight seasons as the team’s TV play-by-play voice on FOX Sports South and SportSouth. Martin, who will continue to coordinate the team’s radio network and broadcasts, previously served as the radio play-by-play announcer from 2004-07.  Additionally, Martin will serve as a contributing reporter for hornets.com.

The voice of the Charlotte Hornets since the inaugural season in 1988, Martin was the team’s radio play-by-play announcer from 1988-94 before moving to the television broadcasts from 1994-2002.

“Since the first season in 1988, the one constant to NBA broadcasts in Charlotte has been Steve Martin,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield.  “Steve started in radio and we look forward to having him back in this role moving forward.”

“I’m happy to be going back to my roots,” said Martin.  “Radio is where I started my career and I'm excited about calling all the Hornets action on our flagship station WFNZ 610-AM and throughout the Hornets radio network.”

Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and operates Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.  The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division.  Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community.  The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas.  Time Warner Cable Arena is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually.  For more information, please visit hornets.com or timewarnercablearena.com.

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