Bulls Announce Tommy Edwards as New Public Address Announcer
The Chicago Bulls announced on September 12, 2006 that Tommy Edwards has been named to succeed Steve Scott as the Bulls Public Address Announcer for the 2006.07 season.
Edwards was the Chicago Stadium voice of the Bulls for 14 years. From 1976-1990, he entertained fans and is credited with originating the Bulls famous signature style of introducing the starting lineups with “And now…”. Additionally, Edwards was also the first stadium announcer to play Gary Glitters’, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Part II,” now one of Americas favorite sports anthems.
As the Bulls Public Address Announcer, Edwards will be responsible for all game announcements such as introducing players, announcing player substitutions and player's names after scoring. He will begin his announcing duties at the Bulls first pre-season game on October 11 vs. the Washington Wizards.
Edwards most recently served as the operations manager and on-air talent for WRLL-AM in Chicago, where he was primarily responsible for developing the station’s format, hiring personnel, producing jingles and production aids, and hosting a popular morning show. Prior to joining WRLL-AM, he worked as program director for the Los Angeles based radio station KCBS-FM.
Earlier in his career, Edwards served as the program and production directors as well as on-air talent for WLS-AM/FM in Chicago. At WLS-AM/FM, he co-developed and produced Disney World’s first radio promotion, developed the “Music Radio Game” and joined Larry Lujack on the popular “Animal Stories” segment.
“With Steve Scott moving out of the Chicago area to the East Coast, it took me about two seconds to know that Tommy Edwards was the guy I wanted to succeed him,” said Steve Schanwald, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Chicago Bulls. “If there was a Hall of Fame for stadium P.A. announcers, Tommy would be in it. He has been a familiar, popular and well-known voice to Chicagoans for more than 30 years and has a great feel for and love of NBA basketball. We are delighted to welcome Tommy back into the Bulls family.”
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Tommy Edwards is back at the helm as public address announcer for the Chicago Bulls. Edwards was the Chicago Stadium voice of the Bulls for 14 seasons (1976-1990) and he is credited with originating the Bulls famous signature style of introducing the starting lineups with “And now …” Edwards was also the first stadium announcer to play Gary Glitters’, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Part II,” and Alan Parsons Project’s, “Sirius” which have become America’s favorite sports anthems. Tommy is currently morning radio air-personality at WILV, 100.3 FM in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked as program director for Los Angeles based radio station KCBS-FM. Earlier in his career, Edwards served as program director and production director as well as on-air talent for WLS-AM/FM in Chicago. Tommy co-developed and produced Disney World's first radio promotion, developed the “Music Radio Game” and joined Larry Lujack on the popular “Animal Stories” segment as Li’l Tommy. Edwards is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has served on its Board of Governors. He resides in Lake Forest, Ill. with his wife and son.