Phoenix Suns Announcer Al McCoy to Retire After 51 Seasons
A Legendary Career Comes to a Close
Legendary Phoenix Suns broadcaster Al McCoy will retire after the current NBA season, according to an announcement made on Arizona Sports 98.7. After more than half a century of commentating, McCoy will end his career as the longest-tenured play-by-play voice in the NBA.
McCoy Indicates Retirement was Expected
During an interview with KTAR News’ Gaydos & Chad, McCoy revealed that he initially planned to retire last season before being offered the chance to return for select games this year. According to the announcer, his departure has been expected for some time.
“The Voice of the Suns”
Al McCoy has spent a remarkable 51 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, cementing his place as one of the most beloved voices in the world of sports. McCoy has been recognized with numerous honors over the years, including the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2007, as well as inductions into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and the Suns’ Ring of Honor.
End of an Era
McCoy will celebrate his 90th birthday in April, making his retirement from broadcasting all the more poignant. Though he initially called road games remotely due to the pandemic, McCoy has resumed travel for the 2021-22 season. As the Suns make their playoff push, fans will have a final chance to hear the iconic voice of “The Voice of the Suns” before McCoy concludes his incredible career.
Jon Bloom Steps In
During McCoy’s health-related absences this season, commentator Jon Bloom has stepped in to call a few games. The Suns have not yet announced who will succeed McCoy as the team’s primary play-by-play voice.
A Final Farewell
McCoy’s final regular season call will take place on April 9, before the playoffs begin. Fans can also hear the broadcaster on Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta every Wednesday until his retirement. All in all, it will be a bittersweet end to a remarkable career for one of basketball’s most beloved broadcasters.