“For Marc Zumoff, All Work Is Play-by-Play” – Jewish Exponent

jewishexponentmarczumoffUnlike many in his increasingly cynical audience, Marc Zumoff believes he’ll live to see the day when the Philadelphia 76ers master plan — to knock the team down below the ground, then build it all the way back up to an NBA championship — will come to fruition. And he insists it isn’t that far away.
Regardless, you’ll never hear him complain about his job as TV voice of the Sixers, a position he’s held for 22 years. Sure, he’ll be honest about what he sees on the court and longs for the day when this was a franchise to be reckoned with. But he wouldn’t trade places with anyone — even the big names broadcasting hoops on the networks.
After all, the kid from Northeast Philly is living his dream.
“This whole thing is an out-of-body experience,” laughed Zumoff, who turned 60 Nov. 18 and has lived in the same Fort Washington home with his wife, Debbie, since 1990, where they raised sons Jake (26) and Pace (22, named after his grandfather, Pesach). “I’m broadcasting the games for the team I grew up rooting for.
“Back in 1964, a little after my birthday, my father took me to a 76ers game. That was the first year of the team,” which had been transplanted from Syracuse, after the Philadelphia Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962.
“So we go to Convention Hall, where they usually played and the guy at the ticket window says ‘There’s no game — we’re having a boat show.’ So he directs my father and me to the old Arena” at 48th and Market streets in West Philadelphia.

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