Wolves Name Brian Sieman Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
The Minnesota Timberwolves today named Brian Sieman as the team's radio play-by-play announcer for the upcoming NBA season. Additionally, the organization announced its broadcasters for television and radio for the 2006-07 campaign. Tom Hanneman and Jim Petersen will again be the Wolves' television announcers for games on KSTC.TV Ch. 45 and FSN North. Sieman and Billy McKinney will pair to call the action on the Wolves' new radio partner BOB 106, while Alfonso Fernandez will handle the play-by-play duties for select home games on the Wolves' Spanish radio partner La Mera Buena FM 107.5.
"We're excited to introduce Brian Sieman as the newest voice of the Timberwolves," said Timberwolves Vice President of Communications Ted Johnson. "Brian has a tremendous amount of passion, energy and excitement for the game that we feel our listeners will appreciate."
Sieman enters his first season of broadcasting Wolves games, however he is no stranger to the organization, as he has logged four seasons as the radio voice of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. In his new duties he will serve as the play-by-play announcers for both teams. Sieman spent previous WNBA offseasons working for AM 950 in Denver, Colo., the flagship station for the Denver Nuggets.
A 1998 graduate from the University of Kansas, Sieman has worked in professional basketball most of his career, having worked in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball Association. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for Drake University in 2001.
The 2006-07 campaign will be the 18th season of television broadcasts for Hanneman, the team's play-by-play announcer for all local network broadcasts. He has received nationwide exposure for his talents. In October 2005, Hanneman was honored with a regional Emmy Award under the sports play-by-play category for his work on the Timberwolves telecasts on KSTC.
Petersen, an eight-year NBA player with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, returns to the Wolves broadcast booth as the television analyst. This season will be his ninth as a member of the Timberwolves Broadcast Team.
This season will serve as McKinney's 29th in the NBA as a player, assistant coach, scout, administrator, or broadcaster and his third as the Timberwolves' radio analyst. Prior to joining the Timberwolves Broadcast Team, McKinney served as executive vice president of the Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
Fernandez returns for his second season of calling the action for Spanish radio. He has served in the same capacity with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Additionally, Fernandez has called games in Spanish for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Rams.