David Steele returns for his 21st season of Orlando Magic basketball, and his 12th as the television play-by-play announcer, calling the action for Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida. He was named television play-by-play voice for the Magic in March of 1998 after handling radio play-by-play duties for the team’s first nine seasons.
Along with handling television play-by-play duties, Steele will be involved in ancillary television and radio programming. In addition to his Magic responsibilities, Steele handles play-by-play for Sun Sports telecasts of University of Florida football.
The former voice of the University of Florida, Steele arrived in Orlando in 1989 after serving as network coordinator and football/basketball play-by-play announcer for the Gators for seven seasons.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Steele’s professional broadcasting career began in 1975, as sports director at WJHG-TV in Panama City, Fla. He also served as sports director at WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC, and was the football/basketball play-by-play announcer at Western Carolina University.
One of Florida's premier sportscasters, Steele has been named “Sportscaster of the Year” in both Florida and North Carolina. He is also a past president of the Florida Sportscasters Association.
Steele and his wife, Sally, reside in Winter Park, Fla. They have three children, Luke (31), Emily (28), and Betsy (22).
Television Color Analyst
Matt Guokas returns for his sixth season as Orlando’s television color analyst. He joins David Steele to call the action on both Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida.
Guokas spent seven seasons (1997-2004) as an analyst for Fox Sports Net’s coverage of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also served as analyst for CBS’s coverage of NCAA Basketball. For eight seasons, Guokas was an analyst for NBC’s coverage of the NBA.
No stranger to The City Beautiful, Guokas was the head coach of the Magic from their inaugural season in 1989-90 through the 1992-93 campaign. He compiled a 111-217 (.338) record with Orlando and led them to their first-ever .500 season in 1992-93 (41-41). Guokas also served as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers from 1985-88. In six-plus seasons as a head coach, Guokas had a 230-305 record (.430). He was also an assistant coach in Philadelphia under Billy Cunningham for three-and-a-half seasons, helping the Sixers reach the NBA Finals twice and capture the NBA Championship in 1982-83.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Guokas played for Saint Joseph’s University and was the 76ers’ first round draft choice in 1966. He helped Philadelphia win the 1967 NBA title and spent three more seasons with the club before moving around the NBA. During his ten-year career, Guokas also played with Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Houston and Buffalo.
Guokas has an extensive broadcasting background. In 1977, he began a four-year stint working with the 76ers in both radio and television. His father, Matt Sr., was a play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1950’s, following his playing career.
Guokas and his wife, Barbara, have four children.
Dennis Neumann enters his 19th season as a member of the Orlando Magic broadcasting team and 12th as the team’s radio play-by-play voice. Prior to being named the club’s radio play-by-play announcer in April of 1998, Neumann supervised the day-to-day activities of the RDV Sports broadcasting department. Among other duties, he oversaw production of all Magic television and radio programming.
Neumann brings 25 years in the radio industry and a wide-ranging wealth of experience to the radio play-by-play post. He has served as the studio host for game broadcasts on the Magic Radio Network, as well as host of the team’s post-game radio call-in show, Magic Rewind. Neumann continues to host the weekly Coach’s call-in show.
Prior to joining the Magic, Neumann was the sports director for the USA Radio Network in Dallas, Tex., and the Florida Radio Network in Orlando, Fla. A native of Portland, Ore., he was an Evans Scholar at the University of Oregon and graduated in 1981.
Neumann and his wife, Debbie, reside in Orlando, Fla. They have three children, Brad, Lisa and Stephanie.
Radio Color Analyst - Home Games
Richie Adubato returns for his fifth season as radio color analyst for the Magic Radio Network, joining Dennis Neumann for all home and road broadcasts.
Most recently, Adubato was head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics for two-plus seasons, leading the club into the WNBA Playoffs in 2006. He served as head coach of the New York Liberty for five seasons, guiding them to a 100-79 record (.559), three straight playoff berths and back-to-back Eastern Conference Championships in 1999 and 2000. Adubato was also head coach for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2000 and 2001 WNBA All-Star Games.
Prior to coaching in the WNBA, Adubato spent 19 years in the NBA, including three seasons with the Magic (assistant coach from 1994-97, interim head coach 1996-97). He served as head coach for the Detroit Pistons (1979-80), Dallas Mavericks (1989-90 to 1992-93) and Orlando, leading his teams to the NBA Playoffs twice. He also served as an assistant coach for New York, Detroit, Dallas, Cleveland and Orlando.
Adubato spent 18 years as a high school and college coach in New Jersey, compiling an overall record if 290-85 (.773). Ironically, one high school player he coached at Our Lady of the Valley High School (Orange, N.J.) in 1964 and 1965 was former Magic Head Coach Brian Hill.
Born in Irvington, N.J. on November 23, 1937, Adubato earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as doctoral credits, in administration from William Paterson University, where he captained both the basketball and baseball teams. He married the former Carol Begerow in 1989. Adubato has one daughter, Beth, and two sons, Scott and Adam. He also has one grandchild, Beth’s daughter, Allegra.