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List of American Basketball Association broadcasters

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In early-1970s, the CBS television network aired American Basketball Association (ABA) games, specifically league's annual All-Star Game[1][2][3][4][5]/selected playoff games[6][7]. Pat Summerall[8] served as the CBS analyst on some ABA games alongside Don Criqui[9] on play-by-play. Game 5 of the 1970 ABA Finals (Indiana vs. Los Angeles) was nationally televised by CBS[10] on Saturday, May 23 at 3 p.m Eastern Time. The broadcast was however, blacked out in Indiana. After that league's 1972-73 season, CBS lost its TV airing rights as they started airing National Basketball Association (NBA) games in its 1973-74 season onward.

Had there been a seventh game of the 1975-76 season's championship playoff series it would've been televised by NBC[11], because that network signed contract to a potential seventh game on Sunday, May 16, 1976. Since the ABA Finals ultimately ended in six games, with the New York Nets triumphing over the Denver Nuggets in what would become the ABA's final game of its nine year existence, NBC's contract was void.

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Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Anaheim KTTV 11[12] Dick Schad[13][14]
Denver Dick Carlson[15]
Houston KNUZ[16] Gary DeLaune[17]
Indiana WIRE Jerry Baker[18] WLWI 13 Brian Madden
Minnesota WLOL Rod Trongard[19]
New Jersey WJRZ Spencer Ross[20]
New Orleans
Oakland KPAT Chuck Hinkle[21] and Rick Barry
Pittsburgh WEEP Jack Fleming[22]


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Dallas KRLD Terry Stembridge KDIV 39 Frank Filesi
Denver KTLN Bob Martin and Dick Carlson
Indiana WIRE Jerry Baker WLWI 13 Brian Madden
Kentucky WHAS[23][24][25] WAVE Ed Kallay[26]
Los Angeles KBIG Bob Rhodes KTTV 11 Chuck Benedict[27]
Miami WOCN[28] Dick Kumble
Minnesota KSTP Rod Trongard WTCN 11 Ray Scott
New York WBAB Spencer Ross
New Orleans WDSU 20 Bruce Miller and Lynn Cole
Oakland KEMO 20[29] Hal Peterson


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Carolina WSOC Bill Currie and Bob Lamey
Dallas KRLD[30] Terry Stembridge
Denver KOA Bob Martin and Dick Carlson
Indiana WIRE Jerry Baker WLWI 13 Don Hein
Kentucky WAVE Ed Kallay
Los Angeles XERB[31] Sam Balter[32]
Miami WGBS Bob Martin[33]
New Orleans Bruce Miller and Lynn Cole WDSU 6
New York
Washington WDCA 20 John Sterling

During the Brooklyn Nets' ABA years, announcers included Marty Glickman[34], Marv Albert's brothers Al Albert and Steve Albert, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, Bob Goldsholl, as well as John Sterling and Mike DiTomasso. The latter two joined the club's move into the NBA.



Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Carolina WSOC WSJS 12 Bill Currie[35] and Bob Lamey
Denver KOA Bob Martin, Dick Carlson, and Bob Rubin
Floridians WGBS WAJA 23 Bob Martin
Indiana WIRE Jerry Baker
Kentucky WHAS Cawood Ledford and Van Vance[36] WLKY Larry Goodridge
New York
Texas KRLD Terry Stembridge
Utah KUTV 2 Bill Howard
Virginia WTAR WAVY Marty Brennaman[37]


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Carolina WSOC Bob Lamey and Bones McKinney WSJS 12 Gene Overby
Dallas WRR Terry Stembridge KDTV 39 Terry Stembridge and Brad Sham
Denver KOA[38] Bob Martin, Bob Rubin and Larry Zimmer KOA 4 Bob Rubin
Floridians WGBS WCIX 4 Sammy Smith
Indiana WIRE Jerry Baker WLWI 13 Don Hein[39]
Kentucky WHAS Van Vance WLKY 32 Howard Hoffman, Alex Groza and Bud Olsen
Memphis WREC Dick Palmer WMC 5 Terry Lee
New York WHN Al Albert WPIX 11[40] Marty Glickman and Bob Gibson[41]
Pittsburgh WEEP Dick Overdorf
Utah KALL Bill Howard KUTV 2 Bill Marcroft[42]
Virginia WTAR Marty Brennaman WAVY 10 Bud Kaatz


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Carolina WSOC Bob Lamey WSJS 12 Gene Overby and Bob Lamey
Dallas WRR Terry Stembridge KDTV 39 Terry Stembridge and Verne Lundquist
Denver KOA Larry Zimmer
Indiana WIBC Joe McConnell WLWI 13 Don Hein
Kentucky WHAS Van Vance and Cawood Ledford WLKY 32 Howard Hoffman
Memphis WREC Dick Palmer
New York WHN WOR 9 Al Albert
San Diego
Utah KALL Bill Howard KUTV 2 Bill Marcroft
Virginia WTAR WTAR 3 Marty Brennaman


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Denver KHOW Mike Wolfe
Indiana WIBC Joe McConnell WTTV 13 Jerry Baker
Kentucky WHAS WHAS 32 Van Vance
Memphis WLOK Dick Palmer
New York WMCA Dom Valentino[43] and Mike DiTomasso WOR 9 Al Albert and Bob Goldsholl
St. Louis KMOX Bob Costas[44] and Bill Wilkinson (home games)
San Antonio KKYX Terry Stembridge and Gary DeLaune WOAI 4 Terry Stembridge and Steve Grad
San Diego KOGO Frank Sims
Utah KALL Bill Howard
Virginia WTAR Warner Fusselle[45] WAVY 10 Dave Sullivan and Bobi Boecker


Team Radio station Radio announcers Television station Television announcers
Denver KHOW KWGN 2 Al Albert and Tom Jorgensen[46]
Indiana WIBC Joe McConnell WTTV 2
Kentucky WHAS WHAS 11 Van Vance[47]
New York WMCA John Sterling[48] and Mike DiTomasso WOR 9 Steve Albert[49] and Bob Goldsholl[50]
St. Louis WIL Bob Costas KPLR 11 Bob Costas and Arlene Wellman
San Antonio WOAI Terry Stembridge and Gary DeLaune KMOL 4 Terry Stembridge and Steve Grad
San Diego KSDO Ralph Lawler[51]
Utah KALL[52] Jack Briggs KSL 5 Jack Briggs

During the mid-1970s, HBO aired several basketball games from the National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association (notably, the last ABA Finals game[53] in 1976, prior to the latter league's merger with the NBA, between the New York Nets and the Denver Nuggets).

In 1976, CBS sought to establish a postseason playoff between the ABA and NBA, and to win the rights to broadcast those games.[54]

During the 1976–77 season, the NBA's first after the ABA–NBA merger brought the American Basketball Association into the league, CBS held a slam dunk contest that ran during halftime of the Game of the Week telecasts. Don Criqui was the host of this particular competition. The final, which pitted Larry McNeill of the Golden State Warriors against eventual winner Darnell "Dr. Dunk" Hillman of the Indiana Pacers, took place during Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals. At the time of the final, Hillman's rights had been traded to the New York Nets, but he had not yet signed a contract. Since he was not officially a member of any NBA team, instead of wearing a jersey, he competed in a plain white tank top. Then for the post-competition interview, Hillman donned a shirt with the words "Bottle Shoppe" – the name of an Indianapolis liquor store, which is still in existence, and was the sponsor of a city parks softball league team for which Hillman played left field (and the only team he was a member of at the time).[55] Other players to compete in the slam dunk tournament included Julius Erving, George Gervin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone. CBS, anxious for star power, also gave David Thompson the opportunity to be eliminated three times.[56][57]

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