Suns honors Al McCoy’s 50th season with his team on March 2nd

Al McCoy has been doing Phoenix Suns radio shows for 50 years.

The Suns will once again recognize their Ring of Honor member for his half-century of service and name their games on Al McCoy Night when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on March 2. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and Bally Sports Arizona.

McCoy, an Iowa native and inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has the longest active streak with a team among NBA broadcasters.

Since his first broadcast for the team in September 1972, McCoy has become synonymous with several signature words and phrases: “Wham-oh!”, “Shazam!”, “Oh brother!”

These emphatic descriptions color his play-by-play as the Suns dive in, make a 3-pointer and get hit by officials with a disputed injury or get into a riot with their opponents.

“Al McCoy needs to be celebrated. There aren’t many people who can do what he does,” said the broadcaster Suns and its former player Eddie Johnson.

During Al McCoy Night and the remainder of the regular season, the Suns organizations will play video messages from prominent voices in sports and entertainment expressing their admiration for McCoy and his contributions to the industry.

McCoy is an avid jazz musician, so there will be a live performance by Jazz Con Alma. The national anthem is performed by national recording artist and saxophonist Trey Daniels.

The first 10,000 fans in the arena will receive a Shazam poster courtesy of Arizona Sports.

A limited edition Al McCoy Season 50 T-shirt will also be sold as an Item of the Game along with a Season 50 commemorative pin at the Footprint Center Team Shop.

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