Sports broadcaster Joe Buck is a voice to most people — often a disembodied one. Sure, you see him once in a while in the booth. Before and after the games the camera will sometimes show him on the field. But it’s his voice that nets him those handsome checks from FOX. It’s Buck’s stentorian tone, the golden throat, the authority, the pageantry, the sonorous swing of his vocal instrument. Damned if he isn’t obsessed with his hair anyway.
The old joke goes “hey kid, you’ve got a face for radio.” It’s not untrue for some — Howard Stern believed it and it worked out well for him. But Buck wanted a head for the visual world, not just the sonic. He confesses in his new book that he developed “an addiction” to hair plugs at age 24. By the time he had his eighth hairplug procedure around 2011, it nearly cost him his voice and his career. What was then reported as a virus was actually a side effect of a hairplug procedure that paralyzed Buck’s left vocal chord. He recovered. And if he’s in recovery from his addiction too, the future Joe Buck should at some point be bald.
— Joe Buck (@Buck) October 6, 2016