Phoenix Suns Broadcaster Al McCoy Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Here’s a taste of what we’ve been working on for the Summer Journalism Institute. On June 10th, we had the opportunity to participate in a press conference featuring the radio broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, Al McCoy. Following is an article I wrote based on his responses and a press release.

After 42 years of broadcasting for the Phoenix Suns, announcer Al McCoy will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award will be presented on Sept. 6 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball.
“We are elated that Al has received this signal honor,” said Robert Sarver, Managing Partner for the Phoenix Suns. “Few in sports are accorded placement in the Hall of Fame.”
From 1959 to this day, only 325 individuals have been recognized and awarded this particular honor. In order to be eligible for admittance, one must contribute considerably to the sport. According to Sarver, it was McCoy’s commitment to the quality of the game and to the fans that made him a worthy candidate.
Upon receiving this award, McCoy was shocked, but was honored to be acknowledged for his dedication to a game he loves.
“It was the high point in my career and definitely very meaningful,” said McCoy.
With his abundance of well-known sayings, such as “shazam” and “heartbreak hotel,” McCoy is famous for the friendly atmosphere he provides for the fans. Throughout his career, McCoy made sure to communicate constantly with those that supported the Phoenix Suns and himself.
     “When they don’t want to talk to you, then your career is over. I’m more than happy to converse with the fans,” McCoy said.
But it wasn’t solely McCoy’s friendly nature that led to his rise to success. Even as a child, McCoy had an interest in sports and broadcasting, a career he knew would be fitting. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the industry.
“After a year of college, I felt the broadcast industry was ready for me,” said McCoy, detailing his educational experience.
With four decades of knowledge under his belt, McCoy could have easily made a name for himself at a national level. But overall, he feels that the Suns have treated him well.
“I’ve had other opportunities, but I’m glad that I stayed here,” said McCoy. “I have been a very lucky individual. It’s been an unbelievable ride.”

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