"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.”