Brian Wheeler has served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Portland Trail Blazers for the last 16 years. Only eight other NBA radio play-by-play announcers have been with their current teams longer. Wheeler’s exciting style and trademark “BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA” dunk calls have endeared him to basketball fans throughout the Pacific Northwest. He hosts his own daily radio show entitled “Wheels at Work” on Rip City Radio 620 AM. Wheeler is also a regular co-host of the team’s weekly radio, TV and internet show, “Trail Blazers Courtside” along with Mike Barrett, Mike Rice and Antonio Harvey. “Wheels” has 30 years of broadcasting experience overall, and was named the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year for 2007 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, he spent three years as a member of the Kings’ broadcast team in Sacramento, serving as the team’s pre- and post-game show host as well as handling the play-by-play for a select number of games each season. “Wheels” was also the original play-by-play voice on radio and television of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. Before Sacramento, Wheeler spent two seasons working in Seattle as part of the Sonics’ broadcast group and also hosted a daily talk show on their flagship radio station. Wheeler has NBA ties to Chicago, where he worked on the Bulls’ radio broadcasts in their first championship season. “Wheels” got his start in broadcasting in Chicago, earning a broadcasting/communications degree from Loyola University. He then spent nine seasons as the basketball play-by-play announcer on both radio and TV for his alma mater. His extensive experience in the Windy City also included broadcast stints for the Chicago White Sox, Northwestern University and SportsChannel.
Former Trail Blazer Antonio Harvey returns to the Blazers Broadcasting team for a 10th season as radio analyst. He will be working alongside familiar play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler providing insightful commentary on the team, the NBA and the game of basketball. Harvey played 31 games for the Trail Blazers during the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons. He picked the Rose City as the place to raise his family after 10 years in the NBA. Harvey went undrafted, but saw action with the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Vancouver, Seattle and Atlanta, as well as Portland before retiring in 2003. A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Harvey is a graduate of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology and minored in psychology.
Mike Barrett is in his 15th season with the Trail Blazers, and 12th as the Trail Blazers’ TV play-by-play broadcaster, calling all the team’s television games on KGW (NBC) and Comcast SportsNet. He worked his first two seasons with Steve “Snapper” Jones, and the last nine with Mike Rice. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Barrett hosts the team’s weekly show “Trail Blazers Courtside” with Rice and radio broadcasters Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey, which airs year-round on TV, radio and the team’s website, trailblazers.com. He also assists with video and audio content on the site. Barrett joined the Trail Blazers in 1999 and was hired to be the radio studio host, the TV pregame and halftime host, and hosted the 5th Quarter, the radio post-game show. He also served as the editor of Rip City Magazine, the official publication of the Trail Blazers. Along with those duties, in the summer of 2000, Barrett became the play-by-play broadcaster on radio and television for the WNBA's Portland Fire, and continued in that role until the team disbanded after the 2003 season. A life-long Trail Blazers fan, Barrett grew up in Albany, Ore., and graduated from West Albany High, where he is a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1991, and soon after, got a job at KUIK-AM 1360 in Hillsboro, calling high school basketball games. In the spring of 1992, Barrett took a job as the Sports Director at KXL Newsradio 750 in Portland. One of his first assignments was covering the Trail Blazers’ 1992 run to the NBA Finals. While at KXL, he anchored the morning and afternoon sportscasts, and also joined the radio broadcast team for the University of Oregon football program, working the sidelines for the Ducks for eight seasons. Mike resides in Tualatin with his wife, Shelly. They have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Gabby.
Veteran head basketball coach and basketball commentator Mike Rice, in his 25th season on the Trail Blazers broadcasting team, marks his 10th year as the team's television color commentator on KGW and Comcast SportsNet. Rice, who joined the Trail Blazers in 1991, has teamed with all three Portland radio personalities — first Bill Schonely, then Eddie Doucette and finally with Brian Wheeler for seven seasons before making the switch to television. Rice was an honorable mention All-America selection at Duquesne as a senior, when he led the Dukes to a third-place national ranking and an NIT invitation. Selected in the eighth round of the 1962 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, he opted instead to pursue a career in coaching. After posting a 245-71 record (.773) in 13 years at the high school level, Rice entered the college ranks in 1977 as an assistant coach at his alma mater. After being named head coach of the Dukes the next year, he guided them to a 62-49 (.559) record from 1978-1982. Rice went on to Youngstown State in 1982 after leading Duquesne to two NIT appearances and twice earning Eastern Eight “Coach of the Year” honors. During his five-year tenure there, the Penguins recorded one 20-win season and two second-place conference finishes. Twice his teams reached the title game in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Rice moved to the broadcast booth in 1987 as a college analyst for ESPN. A regular on ESPN’s “Big Monday” lineup, he provided commentary for the games in the Big West as the primary analyst for the Western Athletic Conference. Rice has also worked women’s NCAA regional championship games, the Division II championship game and high school all-star games. In 1989, he added broadcast duties with SportsChannel America as the primary analyst on its World Basketball League broadcasts. The WBL was familiar territory for Rice, who joined the Youngstown Pride in 1987 first as head coach, and later as director of basketball operations. His wife, Kathy, is a former Duquesne basketball player. The couple has two daughters, Susan and Stephanie, both graduates of Syracuse University, and a son, Mike, who played at Fordham University and served as head coach at Rutgers University in New Jersey and also Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania.
Adam Bjaranson begins his fifth season as the Trail Blazers Television Studio Host in 2014-15, teaming up with Michael Holton for the Toyota Pregame Show and the McDonald’s Halftime Show, shot live from the 100-level concourse of the Moda Center. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, he spent nine years anchoring sports in the Portland market with both KPTV (FOX) and KGW (NBC). Bjaranson has won numerous awards for broadcasting excellence, including the Oregon Association of Broadcasters “Television Sports Announcer of the Year” in 2008, as well as the Associated Press Award for “Best Sportscast.” The Warrenton, Ore., native’s first taste of work in the NBA came as an intern for the Golden State Warriors radio network in 1995-96. Following that, he landed his first television job in Coos Bay, Ore., in 1997, before spending the next four years at KVEW-TV (ABC) in Kennewick, Wash. Bjaranson graduated from Portland State University in 1995, before heading down to San Francisco State University to hone his broadcast skills. He is involved in numerous charities, including Caddies 4 Cure and the NW Autism Foundation. During his free time, Bjaranson can be found on many of Oregon’s incredible golf courses or collecting sports memorabilia. Bjaranson resides in Beaverton with his wife Lindsay, son Cade and their two beagles — Murphy and Oden.
Former Trail Blazer Michael Holton begins his eighth season with the Trail Blazers as an in-studio analyst. Holton also serves as the team's sideline reporter for all Trail Blazers home games. Prior to his current role, Holton served as a radio analyst for the Trail Blazers and was also a color analyst for ESPN’s coverage of NCAA basketball. In addition, Holton served as a co-host on 750 KXL’s “Ducks Rewind,” a weekly show analyzing Oregon Ducks men’s basketball. Holton has also worked for NBC/KGW-TV and 1080 The Fan. After retiring from the NBA, Holton served as head coach of the University of Portland from 2001-06. Prior to that, Holton served as an assistant coach for Pasadena City College (1993-94), Oregon State University (1995-96) and UCLA (1996-01). Holton began his NBA career as a third-round selection by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft but did not play until the 1984-85 season when he suited up for Phoenix. In six seasons, Holton played for the Suns, Bulls, Trail Blazers and Hornets. Holton played in 325 NBA games, averaging 6.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Before beginning his professional career, the Seattle native earned his degree from UCLA, where he was a four-year letter winner for the basketball team from 1979-1983.
“Mr. Rip City,” aka Bill Schonely, is serving as the Trail Blazers family’s Founding Broadcaster/Ambassador for the 11th year. "The Schonz," who was the voice of the Trail Blazers during their birth in 1970 and the team’s championship run in 1977, is in his 45th year of association with the franchise. He currently serves in a variety of ways as the organization’s ambassador to the community. The legendary broadcaster was recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the Curt Gowdy Media Award during the 2012 Hall of Fame reunion dinner in Springfield, Mass. The prestigious award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball. Schonely then received the Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Governor’s Gold Awards. The Oregon Association of Broadcasters also recognized Schonely with the 2012 Tom McCall Award, named after the former Oregon governor. In 2009 alone, the local legend was named Portland First Citizen by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Grand Marshall of the Rose Festival Starlight and Grand Floral Parades, and had the “Bill’s Kids Fund” established in his name by Providence Child Center to honor his longstanding dedication to and compassion for the medically fragile children who call the center home. The city of Portland declared April 3, 2010, a day of appreciation for Schonely. His 30 years behind the microphone was the second-longest tenure in the NBA at the time to the late Chick Hearn, the legendary voice of the Lakers. Schonely's popularity has prompted the city councils and mayors of Portland, Vancouver, Wash., Lake Oswego and Gresham to pass resolutions calling for his inclusion into the Hall. Schonely called his last Trail Blazers game on April 30, 1998, a first round playoff contest with the L.A. Lakers. The next two years he hosted Rip City TV specials and provided sideline commentary during BlazerVision telecasts. He was courtside calling the action when Portland played its first-ever preseason game on Sept. 24, 1970, in Longview, Wash., and over the next three decades did the play-by-play for close to 3,000 Trail Blazers contests home and away. Schonz was honored as Oregon’s Sportscaster of the Year in 2003 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Nine years earlier, he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and three times has been honored as the state’s Sportscaster of the Year by the OAB. In 1998, the OAB established an annual college scholarship in Schonely’s name for aspiring sports broadcasters and writers. In 2002, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Norristown, Pa., he served in the Marine Corps and did a sports show for Armed Forces Radio overseas before going to work for radio station KVI in Seattle. He was the voice of the Seattle Totems hockey team in the Western Hockey League. He also did University of Washington football, Seattle Angels baseball, the Oakland Seals in the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball’s Seattle Pilots. After the Pilots moved to Milwaukee in 1970, the Portland Trail Blazers came calling. Schonely is involved in helping support numerous charitable causes, including the American Heart Association and Life Flight, and is a board member of the Providence Child Care Center Foundation. Bill and his wife, Dottie, live in Charbonneau.