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Ruth Riley Hunter set to assume Heat radio role

 
 
Updated 10/7/2018 11:16 AM
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  • FILE - In this June 30, 2002, file photo, Indiana Fever center Olympia Scott-Richardson (0) looks for an open teammate as Miami Sol center Ruth Riley (7) defends in the first half in Miami. Riley Hunter's WNBA career started in Miami, and so will her NBA career. She will debut in her new role as a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, when the team begins the home portion of its preseason schedule against Orlando.

    FILE - In this June 30, 2002, file photo, Indiana Fever center Olympia Scott-Richardson (0) looks for an open teammate as Miami Sol center Ruth Riley (7) defends in the first half in Miami. Riley Hunter's WNBA career started in Miami, and so will her NBA career. She will debut in her new role as a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, when the team begins the home portion of its preseason schedule against Orlando. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, San Antonio Stars WNBA basketball general manager Ruth Riley talks with an unidentified person before the Stars played the Connecticut Sun in San Antonio, Texas. Riley Hunter's WNBA career started in Miami, and so will her NBA career. She will debut in her new role as a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, when the team begins the home portion of its preseason schedule against Orlando. (Ron Cortes/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File)

    FILE - In this May 18, 2016, file photo, San Antonio Stars WNBA basketball general manager Ruth Riley talks with an unidentified person before the Stars played the Connecticut Sun in San Antonio, Texas. Riley Hunter's WNBA career started in Miami, and so will her NBA career. She will debut in her new role as a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, when the team begins the home portion of its preseason schedule against Orlando. (Ron Cortes/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File) Associated Press

MIAMI -- For Ruth Riley Hunter, a new beginning comes in an old spot.

Riley Hunter's WNBA career started in Miami, and so will her NBA career. She debuts as a radio and television analyst for the Miami Heat on Monday, when the team begins the home portion of its preseason schedule against Orlando.

The Heat finalized her hiring about two weeks ago, and Riley Hunter - she prefers to use her married name now - is thrilled to get started.

"It's exciting times as a woman to have this opportunity," she said.

Riley Hunter will work radio for Heat home games and be an in-studio analyst on the television side when the team is on the road. She is the only woman scheduled to be a regular analyst on an NBA team's radio broadcast this season, although five teams have women as analysts - at least in a part-time role - on their television broadcasts.

Also, more than half of the league's 30 clubs have a female sideline reporter working at least some of the time.

"It's no longer a story to hire a woman," Riley Hunter said. "It's the perspective and value and experience that matters."

Riley Hunter spent her first two WNBA seasons with the now-defunct Miami Sol. She came to the Sol after leading Notre Dame to the 2001 national championship and quickly developed an affinity for Miami.

"When you get a plane ticket going from South Bend, Indiana, to South Beach, it's usually a one-way ticket," Riley Hunter said. "I made it my home."

Riley has been a television and radio analyst for Notre Dame women's games, and she's also been a broadcaster for San Antonio's WNBA and G League clubs.

She played in the WNBA for 13 seasons, most recently in 2013.

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