The Phoenix Suns have found their replacement for Steve Albert and they didn’t have to search far to find him. After spending the past 15 years on Suns telecasts, including the past five as the team’s sideline reporter, Kevin Ray has been promoted and named the franchise’s new television play-by-play voice.
Ray began his broadcasting career in Phoenix, spending 14 years with KTAR-AM (620). Throughout his time with the station he contributed as a producer, reporter, anchor, program director and sports director. He also gained experience calling games, serving as the lead voice of the Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers.
“This is a position I have aspired to reach for a very long time and to be selected to move into this seat means the world to me,” said Ray via a team statement. “I’ve had the same passion for this team that the fans do and to now be able to deliver that emotion to them night in and night out is an absolute dream come true. There are a lot of people who have been instrumental in getting me to this place and to all of them I am truly grateful. I can’t wait to tip off the 50th season of Suns basketball in October.”
Ray’s connection with Suns fans and the Phoenix metro area were highly valued by the organization.
“Kevin has done a tremendous job for us in multiple broadcast capacities over the years. His commitment to our organization, fans and community made him the ideal candidate and we’re excited to welcome him as our new Suns television play-by-play announcer,” said Suns President Jason Rowley. “His knowledge of both past and present members of our organization is an important factor in connecting with our fans, and in his expanded role Kevin will continue to provide the insight, intelligence and passion for Suns basketball that our fans enjoy.”