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Thunder's Pinto goes it alone on the air

by Mel Bracht Published: October 17, 2008

"I knew at age 6 that I either wanted to play or broadcast,” he said.

At 5-foot-10, he said "his genetics” led to the latter profession, although he was recruited by a few colleges to play baseball.

He jumped right into broadcasting, providing morning sports reports on KIQQ, a Los Angeles top-40 station, as an 18-year-old. He said he got his big break in play-by-play, when he was hired to broadcast University of Hawaii sports.

Pinto’s broadcast idols include legendary NBA announcers Johnny Most of the Celtics and Chick Hearn of the Lakers.

"Johnny didn’t let the facts get in a way of a good story; I definitely am not aligned with that at all. The thing with him was he entertained his audience. They knew every night they would get a chuckle. It wasn’t life and death.

"Chick was so vividly descriptive, that was the thing to me that was really engaging. I’ve made a conscious effort in carrying that forth.”

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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Matt Pinto
→Age: 46

→Birthplace: Boston

→High school: San Dieguito, Encinitas, Calif.

→Residence: Edmond

→Family: Has two adult children from a previous marriage. Married Becky, an eastern Washington native, in June.

→NBA broadcasting experience: Charlotte Hornets, seven seasons; Dallas Mavericks, eight seasons; Los Angeles Clippers, two seasons; Seattle SuperSonics, one season.

→College broadcasting experience: UCLA women’s basketball, University of Hawaii athletics, Boston College basketball, Brown University football.

→Hobby: Tennis


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