Chad Hartman enters his 16th season of broadcasting Minnesota Timberwolves games. He will provide play-by-play for all Timberwolves radio broadcasts. Hartman brings knowledgeable insight and light-hearted humor to his call.
Hartman, who graduated from Arizona State University in 1988, has done play-by-play work for Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota football and baseball broadcasts. He has also lent his broadcast expertise to the local First Bank Classic Tennis event. Additionally, Hartman hosts a popular afternoon drive-time call-in radio show on KFAN.
Billy McKinney Radio Analyst
The 2005-06 season will be Billy McKinney's 28th in the NBA as a player, assistant coach, scout, administrator, or broadcaster. Prior to joining the Wolves' broadcast team in September, McKinney served as Executive Vice President of the Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA's Seattle Storm. Additionally, he provided analysis for all Sonics television and radio broadcasts.
A sixth-round selection in the 1977 NBA Draft, McKinney played seven seasons in the league, beginning with the Kansas City Kings. He also played for the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, San Diego Clippers and Chicago Bulls.
McKinney began his administrative career with Chicago in 1985, working in the Bulls' basketball department. In 1987, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Basketball Operations. In 1988, McKinney became the expansion Timberwolves' first Director of Player Personnel. McKinney spent three years with the Detroit Pistons – two as Director of Player Personnel and one as Vice President of Basketball Operations. He joined the Sonics organization in the summer of 1995 and was named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Sonics in 1998. In 2002, he added the title of General Manager for the Storm.
McKinney attended Northwestern University, where he received a degree in education.
Tom Hanneman Television Play-By-Play Announcer
One of the most versatile and familiar voices in Minnesota sports broadcasting, Tom Hanneman returns for his 17th season of Timberwolves television broadcasts. Hanneman will serve as play-by-play announcer for all of the Wolves' local network broadcasts.
Hanneman's talents have received nationwide exposure. He was nominated for a regional Emmy for his work during both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 campaigns. Hanneman worked four seasons as the studio host of NBA Radio, anchoring a 140-station network that featured All-Star Weekend, the NBA Game of the Week and expanded NBA playoff and draft coverage. Hanneman's NBA Radio work took him to Toronto to host the 1994 World Championship of Basketball for the network, and he hosted a weekly radio show for the BBC in London, in addition to broadcasts in Australia and New Zealand.
Hanneman was already familiar to Minnesota sports fans when he joined the Timberwolves broadcast team in 1989. For the previous 16 years, he was seen by Twin Citians as a news and sports reporter on WCCO-TV. A personable and entertaining style, with a healthy dose of wit, has been a long-time Hanneman trademark.
Jim Petersen Television Analyst
Former NBA forward Jim Petersen returns for his eigth season with the Wolves' broadcast team. Partnered with Tom Hanneman on television, Petersen brings the experience of an eight-year NBA career to his analysis.
Petersen played forward and center for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, having been traded to Golden State in 1989 for Ralph Sampson. Before the NBA, Petersen, a native of Minneapolis, played four seasons for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He was a member of the Golden Gophers' team that won the Big Ten championship in 1982.
Before joining the Timberwolves, Petersen, a former Minnesota Mr. Basketball, spent time behind the bench as coach of junior high schools in La Jolla, Calif., and Hopkins, Minn.