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Gene Deckerhoff

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Announcer

Phone: (850) ***-****  HQ Phone
Florida State University
600 W College Ave
Tallahassee, Florida 32306
United States

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Education

  • Bachelors Degree , International Relations
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Seminole Club of Clay County
www.seminoleclubclaycounty.org, 19 May 2014 [cached]
Gene Deckerhoff - Announcer, FSU Radio Network
Deckerhoff has logged many ...
www.newsherald.com, 14 May 2013 [cached]
Deckerhoff has logged many miles, seen many games with more to come deckerhoff
Gene Deckerhoff has been the play-by-play announcer for both Florida State and Tampa Bay since 1989. He began his time as the Voice of the Seminoles in 1979.
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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Gene Deckerhoff doesn't mind all the travel. Just don't ask him to go to Green Bay, Wis., anytime soon.
That's not to say he doesn't like the small, blue-collar town full of Packers football fans known for their dedication and toughness. It's just a chore to get to, he said, and the trips have been the most cumbersome in his close to 50 years in the broadcasting business. The jaunts to the Midwest have been some of the most memorable for the "Voice of the Seminoles" who also has shared his distinctive tones to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1989.
Deckerhoff, 67, recounted his days in football, and other sports, while joining hundreds of Seminole Boosters at a casino night and auction function Friday at Majestic Beach Resort in Panama City Beach. Deckerhoff and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher arrived late after driving instead of flying due to weather. It was just another example of how Deckerhoff makes it to his destination despite minor pitfalls along the way.
The Florida Sports Hall of Famer provides play-by-play each Saturday Florida State plays then drives and jets off to wherever Tampa Bay plays the following Sunday. This fall will be the 25th year he's done both gigs and he's yet to miss a Bucs game.
"I've been asked 'what happens if the plane has mechanical problems' and I say it's out of my hands," Deckerhoff said. "Luckily things have worked out so far, knock on wood, and it's been a great run."
Deckerhoff recalled two trips to Green Bay, both of which he said were the closest he came to missing a Tampa Bay game thanks to logistical problems. One trip involved covering FSU's game with rival Florida in Gainesville at night, driving to Tampa, catching a 6:30 a.m. flight to Chicago then hopping a "little plane to Green Bay. He arrived at Lambeau Field as late as three minutes before one kickoff.
"Green Bay by far has been the toughest trip, plus we also lose when we go there," Deckerhoff said. "I was so happy in 2002 when the NFL realigned the divisions because it meant we didn't have to go to Chicago or Green Bay all the time."
Deckerhoff, who resided in Panama City in 1968-69 and currently lives in Tallahassee, did miss the first half of the Bucs' encounter with the Washington Redskins due to delayed flights. The Bucs led at halftime. He called the second half and the Bucs lost.
That's merely a coincidence, he said, and he doesn't harbor any sort of superstition in the matter. He's been around long enough to know football is an unpredictable game on its own regardless of consistency, or lack thereof, in the broadcast booth. He's embodied that consistency, however, and FSU fans have come to know him as a steady voice for not only football, but men's basketball and baseball on radio and television as well as being a part of the Bobby Bowden Show for 25 years.
He remembers every color commentator he's worked with, which is impressive given the extensive nature of the list. His current partner is former Seminole William Floyd, who brings an energetic presence to the broadcast, Deckerhoff said.
The group of former football players to share time with Deckerhoff also includes but is not limited to Scott Bradley, Vic Prinzi, Peter Tom Willis, Dave Logan and Dave Moore.
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Each brought a different take to the role and Deckerhoff cherished the years spent with them. He also worked with former professional wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
Ventura and local Tampa sports personality Al Keck were part of a three-man team with Deckerhoff starting in 1989.
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It didn't hurt, Deckerhoff said, and he worked with Ventura for two years.
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"He (Ventura) was a colorful character and something else," Deckerhoff said.
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Experienced color commentators with a history in the game became the norm for Deckerhoff, who first described touchdowns for FSU in 1979.
Deckerhoff credited his partners with helping him become a better broadcaster.
"I never played the game so everything I learned about football I learned from the guys I worked with," Deckerhoff said.
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"Seattle is about as far as you can get from Tallahassee," Deckerhoff said.
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Deckerhoff has logged many miles, seen many games with more to come By Brad Milner | News Herald Writer
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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Gene Deckerhoff doesn't mind all the travel. Just don't ask him to go to Green Bay, Wis., anytime soon.
That's not to say he doesn't like the small, blue-collar town full of Packers football fans known for their dedication and toughness. It's just a chore to get to, he said, and the trips have been the most cumbersome in his close to 50 years in the broadcasting business. The jaunts to the Midwest have been some of the most memorable for the "Voice of the Seminoles" who also has shared his distinctive tones to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1989.
Deckerhoff, 67, recounted his days in football, and other sports, while joining hundreds of Seminole Boosters at a casino night and auction function Friday at Majestic Beach Resort in Panama City Beach. Deckerhoff and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher arrived late after driving instead of flying due to weather. It was just another example of how Deckerhoff makes it to his destination despite minor pitfalls along the way.
The Florida Sports Hall of Famer provides play-by-play each Saturday Florida State plays then drives and jets off to wherever Tampa Bay plays the following Sunday. This fall will be the 25th year he's done both gigs and he's yet to miss a Bucs game.
"I've been asked 'what happens if the plane has mechanical problems' and I say it's out of my hands," Deckerhoff said. "Luckily things have worked out so far, knock on wood, and it's been a great run."
Deckerhoff recalled two trips to Green Bay, both of which he said were the closest he came to missing a Tampa Bay game thanks to logistical problems. One trip involved covering FSU's game with rival Florida in Gainesville at night, driving to Tampa, catching a 6:30 a.m. flight to Chicago then hopping a "little plane to Green Bay. He arrived at Lambeau Field as late as three minutes before one kickoff.
"Green Bay by far has been the toughest trip, plus we also lose when we go there," Deckerhoff said. "I was so happy in 2002 when the NFL realigned the divisions because it meant we didn't have to go to Chicago or Green Bay all the time."
Deckerhoff, who resided in Panama City in 1968-69 and currently lives in Tallahassee, did miss the first half of the Bucs' encounter with the Washington Redskins due to delayed flights. The Bucs led at halftime. He called the second half and the Bucs lost.
That's merely a coincidence, he said, and he doesn't harbor any sort of superstition in the matter. He's been around long enough to know football is an unpredictable game on its own regardless of consistency, or lack thereof, in the broadcast booth. He's embodied that consistency, however, and FSU fans have come to know him as a steady voice for not only football, but men's basketball and baseball on radio and television as well as being a part of the Bobby Bowden Show for 25 years.
He remembers every color commentator he's worked with, which is impressive given the extensive nature of the list. His current partner is former Seminole William Floyd, who brings an energetic presence to the broadcast, Deckerhoff said.
The group of former football players to share time with Deckerhoff also includes but is not limited to Scott Bradley, Vic Prinzi, Peter Tom Willis, Dave Logan and Dave Moore.
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Each brought a different take to the role and Deckerhoff cherished the years spent with them. He also worked with former professional wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
Ventura and local Tampa sports personality Al Keck were part of a three-man team with Deckerhoff starting in 1989.
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It didn't hurt, Deckerhoff said, and he worked with Ventura for two years.
...
"He (Ventura) was a colorful character and something else," Deckerhoff said.
...
Experienced color commentators with a history in the game became the norm for Deckerhoff, who first described touchdowns for FSU in 1979.
Deckerhoff credited his partners with helping him become a better broadcaster.
"I never played the game so everything I learned about football I learned from the guys I worked with," Deckerhoff said.
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"Seattle is about as far a
• PARADE AROUND TOWN: The FSU ...
www.fsunews.com, 15 Nov 2011 [cached]
• PARADE AROUND TOWN: The FSU Homecoming 2011 parade will roll with grand marshal Gene Deckerhoff and FSU faculty marshal Jawole Willa Jo Zollar at 2 p.m. Friday starting at the Civic Center and heading up West College Avenue to Westcott.
Gene Deckerhoff
www.genedeckerhoff.com, 3 Nov 2014 [cached]
From Little League fields in Ft. Walton Beach and Jacksonville, and junior high and high school gyms around Jacksonville, Gene Deckerhoff grew up around sports. As a kid he kept home made score cards on baseball games broadcast over radio.
He was honored as a Little League All-Star, and named Basketball All-City as a senior at Forrest High School in Jacksonville. His 32 points in a game against Lake City HS was a school record that stood for several years. As a freshman he was the starting point guard and second leading scorer on the St. Johns River Junior College Vikings basketball team that won the State Junior College Championship.
Gene began his broadcasting career as a direct result of his sports participation.
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And in 1964, Gene successfully passed the FCC License exam for broadcasters and began working "behind the mike". His first sports assignment was as engineer/announcer of a Little League All Star game in Palatka during the summer of 1965. In 1966, while finishing work on a Bachelors Degree in International Relations, Gene became evening announcer at WGGG in Gainesville, Florida. He began his sports broadcasting career at the station when WGGG needed "someone who knew something about basketball" to broadcast high school games
After four and a half years in management and sales with Southern Bell Telephone and General Foods Corporation, Gene re-started his broadcast career at WTRL in Bradenton, Florida. He spent a year as a weekend "part-time" announcer, and then began full time work at the station in 1972 as a DJ, account executive and sports announcer. His first football broadcast was in the fall of 1972 when he shared the play-by-play chores with News Director Dean Edwards.
WTNT-AM, Tallahassee, Florida was Gene's next stop. He became the basketball voice of Florida State Univeristy in the winter of '74 sharing play-by-play duties with Ed Littler and became sole play-by-play announcer in '75.
Gene began his television career in September 1976 as the original Sports Director at WECA-TV channel 27, an ABC affiliate in Tallahassee. He continued to broadcast daily 2 minute radio sports shows on WGLF-FM in Tallahassee. In January 1978, Gene became co-Sports Director at WCTV-TV, channel 6, a CBS affiliate in Tallahassee. In 1979 Gene auditioned for the FSU Football Play-by-play job.
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Gene was named "Voice of the Seminoles" in the summer of 1979 , and his first play-by-play broadcast of FSU football was in September when the 'Noles opened the season against Southern Miss. Florida State went undefeated in the regular season and played in the school's first New Year's Day Bowl
"Voice of the Seminoles"
In 1980, Gene co-hosted the weekly "Bobby Bowden Show". The program was produced by WCTV and distributed state-wide during football season over a seven station network.
In November 1983, Gene was named Director of Electronic Media for Seminole Boosters Inc. His primary duties were coordination of the Seminole Radio Network, and Executive Producer of "The Bobby Bowden Show"(football) and "The Pat Kennedy Show" (basketball) on television. He sold advertising, negotiated all TV contracts with stations throughout Florida and in Atlanta, and acted as talent on both shows. He also began producing "Great Moments in FSU Football" with Burt Reynolds. The Great Moments Series debuted in the Fall of 1984, and continued through 2009 (26 seasons).
During 1983-85 Gene was the play-by-play "Voice of the Tampa Bay Bandits" of the USFL. Gene teamed with his FSU color analyst Vic Prinzi for the three years the summer league was in existence, broadcasting many memorable games coached by Steve Spurrier.
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In 1989, Gene was named "Voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers". He joined Jessie "The Body" Ventura and Al Keck as the Buccaneers broadcast team on WRBQ-FM and the Buccaneer Radio Network. In 1991, WQYK (Infinity Broadcasting) acquired the broadcast rights and Gene continued as the play-by-play.
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Former Buccaneer Linebacker Hardy Nickerson joined Gene as analyst for that season.
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In 1990, Gene started Gene Deckerhoff Productions. Obviously specializing in sports play-by-play announcing - with contracts with the Florida State Seminoles (IMG Collegiate) and The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gene produces radio commercials and acts as talent in various television commercials. He also is an "in demand" speaker for sports organizations and corporations.
Gene has broadcast five National Championship Games for Florida State, and in 2002 he broadcast Super Bowl XXXVII from San Diego over the Buccaneer Radio Network. With the Buccaneers 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, Gene became the ONLY "team radio voice" to have broadcast for a Super Bowl Champion and a National Football Champion.
Dave Moore and Gene Deckerhoff in Buffalo
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Gene and Dave Moore get
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Gene Deckerhoff at the Bucs Super Bowl XXXVII victory
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In 2000, Gene was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (Auburndale). In 2002, Gene was inducted into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame. And in 2004, Gene was inducted into the Florida Community College Activities Hall of Fame. He was been named Florida Sportscaster of the Year by members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association 14 times. And for 18 consecutive years was named the Best Play-by-Play Announcer in Florida by the Florida Sportscasters Association. He was honored with the Florida State University Circle of Gold Medal for outstanding service to the university.
In 2013, Gene was presented with the "Chris Schenkel Award" by the National Football Foundation, and the College Football Hall of Fame. The award recognizes long and distinguished careers in broadcasting college football.
Gene is the father of three sons and six grandchildren. He and his wife Ann reside in Tallahassee.
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Through 2013 Gene has called:
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Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's ...
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Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's #FSUvsPITT radio calls
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Here are the audio highlights from the "Voice of the Seminoles" Gene Deckerhoff's call of Florida State's 41-13 victory over Pitt Monday.
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