Written by BY KERITH GABRIEL
High & Inside
November 23, 2011
[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]N HIGH SCHOOL, Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff was never one of the jocks – in fact he said he was the “fat kid” who always watched from the sideline.
Today as one of the most recognizable sports voices in Philadelphia, he has the dream job jocks envy.
Funny how that works.
Tomorrow, Zumoff’s world will come full circle when he returns to Washington High, his alma mater, to announce Washington’s annual Thanksgiving Day game against Archbishop Ryan (10 a.m.). Zumoff, a 1973 graduate, will be the primary voice for the game, which will air on the Comcast Network.
“I love the fact that I was not an athlete,” Zumoff said. “I was the fat kid that was never chosen, and I would always sit in the stands with my voice recorder and pretend I was calling the game. It’s almost surreal that I’ll be back where it all started for me.”
Zumoff, better known for his work with the Sixers over his 30-year career, has kept busy during the NBA lockout, voicing a few Union matches and college football games. He has also been involved in the Philly Hoop Group Classic, the annual college basketball tournament at the Palestra. Zumoff is scheduled to do Hoop Group games on TCN on Friday and Saturday.
“I miss [the Sixers], but I have to be thankful, I am still gainfully employed,” Zumoff said. “I think it’s pretty cool to go from [voicing the Sixers] to sitting in a tiny high school press box. I enjoy the challenge.”
Of all the work that Zumoff has done since the lockout, his time with the Union has been his most enjoyable to date. Calling soccer matches isn’t anything new for Zumoff. As the voice of the old Philadelphia Fever indoor soccer franchise (1978-82) it was refreshing to be back in the booth talking the beautiful game.
“I really loved doing the Union broadcasts,” Zumoff said. “I am a Union season ticketholder, so getting a chance to fill in for [JP Dellacamera] was extraordinary.
“Coming back and doing this [game at Washington] is just another awesome chapter in the book of Marc Zumoff. I love what I do, and not too many people can say that – so I am very thankful.”