The 2020-21 season marks the fifth season for Lamar Hurd as Trail Blazers Television Analyst. He provides basketball analysis and insight on all Trail Blazers broadcasts and across social media channels. He also joins game-day segments on the Toyota Pregame Show and makes appearances on Trail Blazers Courtside on Monday nights. Hurd came to the Trail Blazers from the Pac-12 Network, where he was a college basketball analyst for four years. In 2014, he began broadcasting games for ESPN as well. From 2008-11, Hurd served as a primary college basketball analyst for Fox Sports Northwest and Root Sports. With these networks, he provided commentary and basketball insight for their studio show, College Hoops Northwest, and also live broadcasts at Pac-12 men’s basketball games. Hurd was the starting point guard for Oregon State from 2002-06; he received All Pac-10 Honors, shared the team’s MVP award and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team. In 2006, Lamar won the Pac-10 medal, which is awarded annually to only one male and female student-athlete at each of the conference’s institutions who best exemplifies excellence on and off the playing field. He played professional basketball in Germany from 2006-07 but returned to the United States to share his love of the game with local kids. Hurd graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Communications. He lives in Oregon with wife Bethany Hurd, while his two brothers, Khari and Richard, Mother Marlene and two nieces live in Houston, Texas.
Brooke Olzendam completed her fourth season in 2019-20 as Courtside Reporter for all home and road Trail Blazers game telecasts. She also serves as the host for digital, web and social content, as well as player feature stories throughout the season. Olzendam joined the Trail Blazers from CSN Northwest, where she served as the All-Purpose Host for the network from 2014-16. She spent the off-season reporting and hosting for the Pac-12 Network. Previously, Olzendam served as TV Host/Sideline Reporter for Pacers TV Broadcasts. She has performed sideline and reporting duties for CSN Northwest, covering a broad spectrum of sports from professional baseball to horse racing; and hosted pregame and postgame shows for the Trail Blazers. Olzendam began her career covering the University of Washington, both as host of “Huskies All-Access” as well as doing sideline reporting for both football and basketball. In addition, Olzendam hosted and produced “Runnin’ with the PAC,” a nationally televised magazine show focused on the Pac-10 Conference. During the 2019-20 season, Olzendam spearheaded an effort called “Brooke Hearts your Heart,” using her personal life experiences to educate on the importance of heart health, raise funds for the American Heart Association and spread awareness of AEDs in saving lives. During the month-long campaign in February 2020, Olzendam shared her story about why heart health is close to her heart and raised over $15,000 for the AHA. Born in Spokane, Wash., and a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, Olzendam has a passion for basketball that stems from her father Dave Olzendam, a member of the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame.
Travis Demers joins the Trail Blazers broadcasting team for his second season in 2020-21 while continuing to host Rip City Drive with Travis and Chad on Rip City Radio 620. Prior to his role with Rip City Radio and the Trail Blazers, Demers called games for the University of Portland, Hillsboro Hops, OSAA and other organizations locally and nationally for 20 years. He has also hosted shows for SiriusXM College Sports Nation and NBC Sports Northwest. Demers has been an active member of the Portland Metro community by coaching youth and high school sports, as well as being involved in several charitable organizations. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcasting from Long Island University and now lives in Sherwood with his wife Hannah and sons Lincoln and Lawson.
Former Trail Blazer Michael Holton begins his 14th season with the Trail Blazers as an In-Studio Analyst and his fourth full season as the Home Game Radio Analyst. Holton also hosts Trail Blazers Courtside. Prior to his current role, Holton served as a Radio Analyst for the Trail Blazers and was also an 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. After retiring from the NBA, Holton served as a collegiate basketball coach for 13 years, including five years as Head Coach with the University of Portland. 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. Over six seasons, Holton played in 325 total NBA games for the Suns, Bulls, Trail Blazers and Hornets. Before beginning his professional career, the Seattle-native was a four-year letter winner for the UCLA Bruins basketball team from 1979-83, where he later earned his degree in Political Science.
aka “Mr. Rip City"
“Mr. Rip City,” aka Bill Schonely, is serving as the Trail Blazers family’s Founding Broadcaster/Ambassador for the 16th 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 50th year of association with the franchise. Schonely coined the phrase “Rip City” in a game against the Lakers in the 1970-71 first season of Trail Blazer basketball, which has since become a nickname for both the Trail Blazers and the city of Portland. In 2014, KPOJ sports radio rebranded as “Rip City Radio” after Schonely’s famous phrase. 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 most recent achievement includes being inducted into the Oregon Historical Society as a 2017 Oregon History Maker, being honored as someone who helped to define the great state of Oregon. Schonely’s 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, 2001 and 1997 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He has also been 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.
Host & Reporter
Jay Allen is in his 20th season with Trail Blazers Broadcasting. He began his tenure with the Blazers in 2000 as co-host of the team’s “Fifth Quarter” postgame show, before expanding to his current role of radio host and sideline reporter. Allen’s radio career began at the age of 16 in Bellingham, WA, when he guest-hosted KGMI’s “Teen Tuesdays,” a show spotlighting local high schoolers involved in the community. He worked at KNTR from 1993-96, then returned to KGMI as a news/sports anchor and producer. Jay moved to Portland in 1999 to produce “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on KFXX “The Fan,” also serving as the show’s update anchor and co-host, and was the studio host for Portland State football and basketball. He joined KXL in 2000, and worked as the station’s Sports Director, then helped launch KXTG “The Game” as the station’s assistant program director. During his 13 years at KXL/KXTG, Allen covered the Trail Blazers and Ducks, serving as UO’s pre/postgame host and sideline reporter for five seasons on the statewide Oregon Sports Network. He anchored sports updates on both stations, and hosted the “The Daily Wrap” on The Game. Allen joined Rip City Radio 620 (KPOJ) in 2013, covering the Trail Blazers and the entire Northwest sports scene. He is a frequent guest host and contributor on the station’s local talk shows. Allen has covered the NBA Playoffs, NFL Playoffs, Super Bowl, College Football National Championship games, Rose Bowls, the MLB All-Star Game, the NCAA Tournament, and a variety of other major sporting events. Jay was named the Oregon “Sportscaster of the Year” in 2004, 2005, and 2006 by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. Allen lives in Tualatin with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Basset Hound.
Orlando Williams serves as Trail Blazers in-studio analyst during road games and game analyst and co-host of the pre-game show Rip City Live and post-game sports show on NBC Sports Northwest Talkin’ Ball. Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of Motus Recruiting, an award-winning recruiting and staffing firm and Motus Technology Solutions, INC, one of the fastest growing technology solutions firms in Oregon. Orlando holds an MBA with a concentration in finance and he received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Oregon. He also sits on the board of trustees of the Journeys Foundation serving under privileged youth and formerly a Trustee of the YMCA of Columbia Willamette. Orlando also serves as the President of the HX Visionaries a non-profit DE&I focused organization founded by senior members of Daimler Trucks NA, Umpqua Bank, Banfield Pet Hospital and Kaiser Permanente. In his previous career, Orlando was a student athlete at the University of Oregon where he was team captain and MVP for contributions to the men’s basketball. He also served as a liaison to the Oregon Foundation and the NCAA on behalf of all of the U of O sports programs. After his collegiate career, Orlando was also selected as a competing member of the World-famous Harlem Globetrotters where he not only competed as a player, but was also selected as the team & organizations spokesperson, a role titled “Ambassador of Goodwill” during the United States tour for two consecutive seasons.