Doris Burke Will Become 1st Woman to Call NBA Finals, Conference Finals on Radio

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 9, 2020

FILE - ESPN announcer Doris Burke is shown prior to an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Burke will set another milestone later this month when she calls the conference and NBA Finals for ESPN Radio. Burke will be the first woman to serve as a game analyst on a network television or radio broadcast this deep into the postseason. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
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ESPN basketball color commentator Doris Burke will be the first woman to call NBA conference finals and NBA Finals games on the radio, per an announcement from the network (h/t Associated Press).

"Doris is a trailblazer who continues to reimagine what is possible for women in broadcasting, and we know she'll thrive in this history-making radio analyst role," said Stephanie Druley, ESPN's executive vice president of event and studio production.

Burke has called NBA games for ESPN since Disney first broadcasted Association contests in 2003. Per the AP, Burke became the first woman to become a full-time network NBA game analyst in 2017.

The former Providence College basketball star led the Big East in assists during her first year and made the conference's first team during her senior year and the second team during her junior season. She also earned all-tournament team nods twice. 

Burke finished her collegiate career with 602 assists, which had stood as a school record. She scored 1,372 points and made the Kodak District I All-America team in 1987.

The widely revered Burke has been honored with numerous awards over the years, including the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award (2018) and the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award (2012). She is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and Providence College Hall of Fame.

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She will join a radio team alongside Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry.