Television Play-By-Play Announcer
Dave Benz joins the Timberwolves for another season along with Jim Petersen as the Play-By-Play Announcer on Fox Sports North. 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.
Radio Play-By-Play Announcer
Alan Horton enters his seventh 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.
T.E.N. Host and Reporter
Carly is a journalist covering sports and entertainment, in addition to being a television producer, writer, and host. She most recently has joined the Timberwolves Entertainment Network as our host and reporter for Timberwolves.com.
In 2012, Carly joined the International Series of Champions as a pit reporter and announcer for CBS Sports Network and recently signed on as a host of the Fox Sports North's SledHead 24/7. Carly can also be seen on CW 23 covering entertainment news and events from MN to LA. She co-hosts and produces a weekly segment called 'C What's Now'. Carly has also taken her talents to the radio guest hosting on KFAN, 93X Radio, & KDWB Dave Ryan in the Morning Show.
Carly's favorite T.E.N moment was kicking off training camp at Dunks After Dark!
Team Reporter and Web Editor
Ratke is entering his second season with the Wolves and first as the team’s main reporter. The Cold Spring native attended Minnesota State University, Mankato before graduating in 2012. After graduation, Ratke interned at KFAN Sports Radio and USA Today in Washington D.C. Before landing with the Wolves, he lived in his parents’ basement for two months. He tells us it wasn’t very much fun at all.
Jim Petersen returns for his 16th 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 financial planning for life after basketball. Petersen resides in Wayzata along with his wife Tika, and son, Sanjay.
Executive Producer/Studio Host with Wolves Radio Network
John Focke is entering his eighth season with the Timberwolves Radio Network after joining at 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.
Focke is a big fan of the Long Corey Short series on Timberwolves Entertainment Network.
Assistant Producer and Host of the Timberwolves Radio Network
Cal is entering his fifth season with the Wolves as the host of the Timberwolves Radio Network.
Cal joined the Timberwolves & Lynx Radio Network before the 2010-2011 season, and currently serves as assistant producer, as well as occasional hosting/on-air duties. Before joining the Wolves & Lynx, Soderquist served as broadcast play-by-play voice for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, calling men's & women's basketball, as well as football & volleyball. A native of Minnesota, his play-by-play experience includes other collegiate sports, as well as various high school tournaments. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2012.
One of his favorite features on T.E.N. is the Long Corey Short series.
Social Media Coordinator
Bridget, a Minnesota native but plucked out of Bison territory, is starting her second season with the Timberwolves, and can be seen appearing on the live segments for the Timberwolves Entertainment Network pre-games.