Bucs retain radio announcer Gene Deckerhoff, a Tampa Bay institution
If Bucs home games are blacked out on local television again this fall, fans can take heart in at least one positive:
Should they turn to the team’s radio broadcast as a backup, they’ll again hear a familiar voice.
Radio play-by-play man Gene Deckerhoff will return after signing a two-year contract extension this week, the team announced. Deckerhoff has called 453 Bucs games since joining the organization in 1989 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Deckerhoff will continue to team with analyst Dave Moore, a former Bucs tight end. Deckerhoff is familiar to fans of more than just the Bucs. He continues to do play-by-play for Florida State football and basketball games and has in the past done games for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.
Last year, Deckerhoff won its 12th Florida Sportscaster of the Year award. But mostly, he's looking ahead to what the future holds.
“I’ve seen a lot,” he said in a team release. “I’ve seen the 3-13 seasons, but by golly there have just been a couple of those and I’ve seen a Super Bowl season. One Super Bowl and 22 years – there are not a lot of guys in my business who are in that position. I really think we’ve got great football ahead of us, too, and I can’t wait.”