In the winter of 2005, hurrying from Pennsylvania to the Big
Apple on the I-80 interstate in the middle of a blizzard,
Brent Curry’s Mazda Tribute hit some ice, skidded off
the road into a ravine, and spun several 360s before slamming
into a bunch of trees. In that couple of seconds facing life
or death in a frigid world, he made a decision that would
change his life. . When he walked out of the hospital into
the northeast’s frigid cold, he put that decision into
action, and by summer, he had moved to Hawai‘i.
Curry, the play-by-play commentator for HPU volleyball, basketball,
baseball, and softball, started working the PA for HPU sports
and became the color commentator in 2006 with Chuck Miske. A
year later, he was promoted to color commentator and then play-by-play
commentator in 2008. That same year he received his own radio
show, “Chalk Talk with Brent Curry,” which features
HPU coaches and student athletes. “Chalk Talk” still
airs on AM 1500 The Team every Thursday at 7 p.m.
Curry started off as a radio DJ playing oldies, country, hip
hop, and R&B. After he graduated from Gannon University in
2003, he began announcing women’s basketball games for
his alma mater, and eventually moved on to announce football,
softball, and baseball. He also did game commentary for the Major
League AA affiliate Detroit Tigers.
“It was absolutely, unequivocally the worst broadcast of all time,” Curry
recalls about the first basketball game he ever broadcast. “I’d seen
hundreds of basketball games, but I couldn’t keep up with it. It was incredibly
discouraging,” he added.
However, he didn’t quit. From his career day in second grade in 1998, Curry
had known what he wanted to do. Other kids could become police officers or doctors,
Curry said: “I want to be on the radio.”
I like the idea of painting a picture for someone who doesn’t know what’s
going on,” Curry said.
Curry has felt attracted to the radio from an even earlier age. After his mother
tucked him in bed as a kid, Curry would sneak a radio under the covers and listen
to the late-night baseball and basketball games.
His fascination with all things sports is not a phase that faded over time, as
anyone knows who has met him. He is probably one of the greatest Ohio sports
fans in history. Proudly claiming Akron as his hometown, Curry immediately mentions
that it’s the same hometown of the greatest NBA player today, Lebron James. “Putting
the fan in fanatic,” he rattles off his favorite sports teams: the Cleveland
Browns, Cavs, and Indians.
Despite his love for Ohio athletics, Curry has embraced Hawai‘i’s
culture with open arms, as everyone can see from his island lifestyle, laid-back
demeanor, and “live for the day” attitude.
I love (the island lifestyle),” said Curry. “Someone once told me
that after you’ve been here for five years, you can’t leave and I’m
fine with that. I plan on staying here.”
To see or hear Curry in action, attend one of HPU’s broadcasted basketball,
baseball, or softball games this spring or tune in to AM 1500 The Team.