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Lisa Byington Makes History As Bucks New Play-By-Play Announcer

Byington is the first woman to become the full time play-by-play announcer.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Sep 16th, 2021 11:08 am
Lisa Byington. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Lisa Byington. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced their new play-by-play announcer Wednesday, following the retirement of longtime Bucks broadcaster Jim Paschke.

Beginning next season, Lisa Byington will call games for Bally Sports Wisconsin. According to the Bucks, she’ll become the “first female full-time TV play-by-play announcer for a major men’s professional sports team.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled for this opportunity, and the ability to work with a first-class franchise and a championship organization like the Milwaukee Bucks,” Byington said in a news release.

Byington said she understands the “groundbreaking nature” of her new role, and it’s time for hires like this to become the norm, she added.

“While we appreciate the significance of selecting Lisa, and we celebrate this historic moment, Lisa earned this position based on her extraordinary skills and experience,” Bucks President Peter Feigin said in a news release. “We look forward to Lisa becoming the voice of the Bucks.”

Byington was a play-by-play announcer for CBS and Turner Sports during the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. She called soccer matches for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics and for FOX during the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Familiar faces, including Marques Johnson, Steve Novak and Zora Stephenson, will return to Bucks broadcasts next season, when the team aims to defend its NBA title.

The Bucks will open their preseason Oct. 5. They host the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 19 to tip off the regular season.

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One thought on “Lisa Byington Makes History As Bucks New Play-By-Play Announcer”

  1. TransitRider says:

    Byington won’t be the “first female full-time TV play-by-play announcer for a major men’s professional sports team”. Suzyn Waldman did TV play-by-play for the NY Yankees in the mid-1990s. She gave up that role when she was diagnosed with cancer. Since 2005 she has done color commentary for Yankee radio broadcasts.

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