Friday, August 27, 2021

Milwaukee Radio: Longtime WTMJ Sports Voice Ted Davis Retires

Ted Davis
Ted Davis, the radio voice of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, is retiring from his role announcing games for WTMJ radio after 24 years.

Davis, a Texas native who previously served as announcer for nine seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, joined broadcasts on WTMJ and the Bucks Radio Network in 1997. He gets to go out on top, having narrated the franchise's first championship in 50 years, reports

“This is a good time for me to move into the next phase of life,” Davis said in a Bucks release. “I’m 65 and still good at what I do, but young enough to enjoy what’s next. It’s been an honor to call Bucks games for 24 seasons. When I was a younger man, I had two goals: do play-by-play on the major league level and do it for a long time. Thirty-three years and 3,000 games later, I leave with a championship call in my last game. Not bad! Thanks to all who listened. My dream came true!”

The award-winning Davis began work in radio at age 17, then called games on the Southwest Conference radio network for TCU and Texas A&M in addition to work at Dallas-area radio stations. He also covered the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments for CBS Radio in the 1980s before starting in the NBA.

Ted Davis served as Bucks radio play-by-play announcer for 24 years before announcing his retirement after the 2021 championship.

Davis' familiar phrases have included "How about that?" for sensational plays and "It's in the bank, and earning interest" for games that went the Bucks' way.

His retirement follows in the footsteps of long-tenured TV announcer Jim Paschke, who announced earlier this year the 2020-21 season would also be his last. Paschke, 70, had been a Bucks announcer for 35 years.

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