On August 17, 1994 at precisely 1:34 pm, Marc Zumoff received the phone call he had been waiting for most of his life. That was when he learned he was being named the television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers, the job he had dreamed of since he was a youngster growing up in Northeast Philadelphia.
In all, Zumoff has been in broadcasting for some 44 years. He is in his 26th season as the television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers on NBC Sports Philadelphia and his 38th year overall covering the team. Marc also provides career development and coaching for sports media professionals. He is the co-author of the sportscasting textbook, Total Sportscasting: performance, production and career development, published by Focal Press and is co-authoring the book’s second edition. In addition, he is a speaker for corporate, non-profit and other events.
Marc was at the Rio Olympics for NBC in 2016, providing play-by-play coverage of the U.S. Women’s basketball team and its 6 th straight gold medal. He has also provided play-by-play for other NBC Sports assignments as well as Turner Sports, NBA-TV, Philadelphia Union soccer as well as high school and college football.
Zumoff has been honored 20 times with Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for best play-by-play announcer. In 2019 and 2018, he was the National Sports Media Association’s Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year. In 2018, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association named him its annual Bill Campbell Award winner, Bill being among Marc’s childhood idols. Zumoff is a member of two halls of fame, Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. During his undergraduate days he announced both Owl football and basketball games.
Earlier in his career, Zumoff was a host, sports anchor and reporter as well as a radio news anchor and reporter. And as a play-by-play announcer, he has also covered Flyers Hockey, International Sled Hockey, pro lacrosse, pro cycling, horse jumping, indoor soccer and crew.
Zumoff broke into broadcasting in Trenton, NJ in 1977. He spent the first five years of his broadcasting life working as a radio newsman in the Trenton market, as well as for KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. A big break came in 1980 when he passed a one-game audition and was named the television play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Fever indoor soccer team. His color announcer for that audition was the late, great Phillies voice Harry Kalas. After the soccer team folded in 1982, the now defunct PRISM Sports Network hired him to anchor its pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage of the Sixers. Zumoff held the post for some 12 years, until that long anticipated phone call that fulfilled his dream.
A graduate of George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia and Temple University, Zumoff resides in center city Philadelphia with his wife Debbie. They have two sons, Jake and Pace, both aviation professionals.