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Steve Physioc (born December 28, 1954, Summit, New Jersey) is a sports broadcaster. For 14 years through the 2009 season,[1] he was play-by-play announcer for the local telecasts of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball games. During the baseball offseason, Physioc broadcasts other sporting events, primarily college basketball games (primarily in the West Coast Conference), on the ESPNU network. On January 7, 2006, Physioc made a guest appearance as a substitute play-by- play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, taking the place of Joel Meyers for one game because Meyers was on assignment. In addition, Physioc acts as one of Angel Stadium's staff announcers for non-Angel games.

Physioc began his major league play-by-play announcing career in 1983, broadcasting Cincinnati Bengals football and Cincinnati Reds baseball games, a position he held until 1987 while sports anchor at WLWT. He then served as the San Francisco Giants announcer for KTVU-TV from 1987-1988, followed by work for ESPN (1989-1995), announcing Major League Baseball, college basketball (especially Big West Conference games on Big Monday back when UNLV was in the league), baseball and Big Ten football. In 1995, he announced San Diego Padres games and PAC-10 football games for Fox Sports West. Physioc's previous experience also includes radio play-by-play for the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1989-1990) and the NFL's Los Angeles Rams (1994), and television play-by-play for the Warriors (1990-1991) and the Vancouver Grizzlies during their inaugural season (1995-1996) in the NBA.

In late-2008, Physioc was asked to fill in for his Angels broadcast partner Rory Markas, who is the lead announcer for USC Trojans Basketball, while Markas recovered from surgery to remove a blood clot. Physioc and fellow Cincinnati Bengals alum Pete Arbogast alternated play-by-play of Trojans basketball for a few weeks until Markas returned. In January 2010, Physioc and Arbogast again were asked to take over the Trojans' broadcasts following the sudden death of Markas, with Physioc broadcasting one game, and Arbogast taking over the rest of the broadcast schedule.

Physioc graduated from Kansas State University in 1977, and began his announcing career as Sports Director for KHAS radio in Hastings, Nebraska, covering local high school and Hastings College athletics. After that he went on to become the radio voice of Kansas State football and basketball (1979-1982).

Physioc was also a Sports Anchor on WIBW-TV in Topeka, KS during the late 1970s and early '80s.

He is married to Stacey Physioc and has two children.

Physioc was featured on ESPNU Midnight Madness on October 16, 2009 along with Steve Lavin of the University of Washington.

On November 24, 2009, Physioc, along with longtime booth partner Rex Hudler, was released from his position as play-by-play commentator for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, ending 14 years with the club.[2] However, he is now a lead candidate to return to the Angels broadcast team following the death of Rory Markas.

References

  1. ^ "Broadcasters" on Los Angels of Anaheim website http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/team/broadcasters.jsp?c_id=ana
  2. ^ Diane Pucin, "Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc no longer Angels broadcasters," Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2009 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/11/rex-hudler-steve-physioc-no-longer-angels-broadcasters.html
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