In March, NBC Sports Washington announced that they will not renew Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz’s contract past the 2018-19 season. On Saturday, Fred Katz of The Athletic D.C. reported that there are 12 candidates who will interview for the job. A subscription is required to read the article in its entirety.
Two of the names who emerged were Dan Hellie of NFL Network and Dave Feldman of NBS Sports Bay Area’s San Francisco 49ers postgame coverage. Both have ties to the Washington area.
Hellie was the sports anchor at WRC-TV (NBC4) from 2006-13 before coming to NFL Network where he is a co-anchor of “NFL Total Access.” He also announces some games. Feldman was the sports anchor at WTTG-TV (FOX 5) from 2000-12 as its sports anchor before going to NBC Sports Bay Area. Buckhantz was also the sports anchor at WTTG-TV earlier in his career.
The interviews will take place around the end of May and we should find out over the summer who takes the position. It is also possible that Buckhantz could ultimately stay. though it seems unlikely. Whoever becomes the next play-by-play announcer will be teaming up with Kara Lawson as the primary color analyst. If she’s out, then Drew Gooden III generally takes the reigns.