The folks from Mayhem in the AM joined Neal Duncan earlier this week to interview radio legend Gene Deckerhoff, the play-by-play announcer for both the Florida State Seminoles and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Of course, with the college season officially kicking off this weekend, they talk football.
Deckerhoff started his FSU broadcasting career with the basketball team in 1974. He added the football team into the mix in 1979. It was a decade later when he added the Bucs in 1989.
A graduate of the University of Florida, he started his radio career in 1966 as an evening announcer in Gainesville while working on his degree. Six years later, after a career outside radio, he found himself working full time on the air in Bradenton. He added television into the mix 1976. He also served as the voice of the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL from 1983 to 1985.
Today, Deckerhoff is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame and even the Florida Community College Activities Hall of Fame. He’s been named the Florida Sportscaster of the year 14 times and for 18 consecutive years was named the Best Play-by-Play Announcer in Florida. In 2013, he was presented the “Chris Schenkel Award” by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame. The award recognizes long and distinguished careers in broadcasting college football.
Tune in to Talk 1430 AM/96.7 FM at 5 p.m. today to hear the crew’s interview with Deckerhoff.