D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Steve Buckhantz
No matter what happens throughout the rest of his career, Steve Buckhantz's broadcasting resume will forever feature two highlights: breaking the news of Joe Gibbs's first retirement, and "Daggggggggger!!!!!!"
Anyhow, Buckhantz has been a fixture in local broadcasting for several decades, earning more than 150 mentions in The Washington Post over that span. He spent nearly 14 years as sports director and lead anchor at WTTG in D.C., becoming a newsmaker himself not just with the Gibbs story but when Dexter Manley made a suicide threat to the broadcaster during a phone conversation in 1995.
He earned the Bullets/Wizards play-by-play job on HTS starting in the 1997-'98 season, after Mel Proctor left HTS for a job calling Padres games in San Diego. Other rumored candidates, according to The Post at the time, had included Johnny Holliday, Bob Rathbun, and Bullets radio voice (and most-approved D.C. sports media person) Charlie Slowes. (The Orioles job on HTS was open at the same time, and Buckhantz's departure from WTTG led to Brett Haber's hiring.)
Before landing the Wiz job, Buckhantz had done college sports calling for HTS, been the play-by-play man for Navy football (working with John Feinstein) and announced several regional NFL broadcasts for Fox. He also previously anchored sports at stations in Atlanta, Tennessee and Harrisonburg, where he went to school at James Madison. He was born in the District and raised in Northern Virginia. In recent years, his "Dagggggerrrrr" business and genial attitude have earned him dozens of mentions on the biggest sports blogs, from an ode to his bare chest (on Mister Irrelevant) to a greatest hits compilation (on Sports By Brooks) to a love letter and recap of his kissing escapades (on Awful Announcing).
Bearing in mind that you have just two options, here's your chance to judge Steve Buckhantz. Choose carefully, and offer explanation below.
Past results after the jump.
Charlie Slowes (81 percent approval)
Chick Hernandez (80 percent approval)
Mike Wise (77 percent approval)
Steve Czaban (75 percent approval)
Tony Kornheiser (74 percent approval)
Dave Feldman (73 percent approval)
Brett Haber (71 percent approval)
John Riggins (69 percent approval)
Larry Michael (18 percent approval)
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