Loud crowd inspires Thunder radio announcer Matt Pinto

by Mel Bracht Published: October 23, 2009
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Radio play-by-play voice Matt Pinto is looking forward to his second season of covering the Oklahoma City Thunder, especially home games at the boisterous Ford Center.

"It makes my job incredibly enjoyable when I’m seated behind the official scorer’s table and at times have difficulty hearing myself speak,” he said. "It’s exactly what you want. It’s as loud a building as there is in the NBA, if not the loudest.”

Pinto, 47, should know. Entering his 20th season as an NBA broadcaster, the Boston native has been all around the league in stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics.

His descriptive call paints a vivid picture of the game action.

"I love broadcasting,” he said. "I’m hopeful that comes across. I’m always working to hone the skill set that it takes to be as quick and as descriptive as the NBA mandates to do justice to the great athletes that are out there doing their thing.”

Pinto is hoping he’ll have more opportunities this season for his trademark call — "Cha-ching, that’s a Thunder money ball!”

To do so, the Thunder will need to hit more 3-point shots this season.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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