The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that long-time radio broadcaster Mike Rice
will assume the role of television analyst and have brought in team alum Antonio Harvey
to fill Rice's radio broadcast position.
"Mike's knowledge of the NBA, his relationship with the coaches and players, and his engaging personality is the perfect fit for us," said Dick Vardanega, Trail Blazers vice-president of broadcast and production. "We had a number of tremendous candidates, but in the final analysis, Mike was simply the best choice."
A graduate of Pfeiffer University with a B.A. in Sociology with a Psychology minor, Antonio Harvey spent ten seasons in the NBA, two seasons with the Trail Blazers. After retirement from basketball Harvey and his family made Portland their home where he has led two businesses, All-Stars Sports Academy and the L.I.Q.U.I.D. Sports Foundation, both focused on engaging young athletes in the game of basketball while mentoring them on life skills, work ethic, discipline and teamwork. He returned to the team last spring filling guest announcers spots on both radio and TV. Antonio and his wife, Kim, have two children, eight-year-old Aryana, and five-year-old Kameron. Antonio has remained active throughout the Portland community participating with the Trail Blazers alumni team, and supporting several local charities including Trillium Family Services and the Make A Wish Foundation
"We are very excited to have Antonio join our broadcast team," said Vardanega. "We saw great promise last season when he filled in on several occasions. Not only does he display all the attributes to be an outstanding NBA analyst, but also his love for this team, our fans, and this community will be a major asset in our reconnection efforts."
The team also announced that Trail Blazers sideline report, Ann Schatz, is moving on to assume a role with College Sports Television (CSTV) doing play by play for women's college basketball and as an analyst for women's college softball. A fan favorite, a valued community ambassador and veteran Portland television sports personality, Schatz spent seven seasons with the Blazers Broadcasting Team.
Fans will have the opportunity to listen as Harvey joins the team's radio play-by-play voice, Brian Wheeler, broadcast all of the Trail Blazers games, pre-season and regular season, which will be broadcast on Newsradio 750 AM KXL.
The Trail Blazers open the 2005-06 regular season at Minnesota on Wednesday, November 2nd before returning to Portland to host the Atlanta Hawks in the Rose Garden on Saturday, November 5th.