Trail Blazers Broadcasting
Brooke Olzendam enters her sixth season with the Trail Blazers in 2021-22 as Courtside Reporter for all home and road Trail Blazers game telecasts. She also serves as the pre, half and post-game co-host alongside Michael Holton for home games and a host for digital, web and social content. 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.
For the last two years, 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.
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.
NBA voice Kevin Calabro begins his sixth season as play-by-play television broadcaster in the 2021-22 season. Since joining the Trail Blazers, Calabro has ignited Rip City with his high-energy calls – so much so that he earned his first Northwest Regional EMMY Award in 2018 as “Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer” and received the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Association 2018 Oregon Sportscaster of the Year award. Before coming to Portland, Calabro served as a regular postseason national play-by-play announcer for ESPN Radio, Turner Broadcasting and NBA TV, a broadcaster for Westwood One Radio during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as well as a basketball and football announcer for Pac-12 Network.
A veteran of the NBA, Calabro spent 21 years as a television and radio broadcaster for the former Seattle SuperSonics until that franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Instead of relocating with the team, he chose his love for the Pacific Northwest and remained in the Seattle area. Calabro has received a number of accolades for his broadcast work on the national level with TNT, TBS, ESPN Radio and NBA TV. He was most recently honored with the 2016 Keith Jackson Western Sports Star of the Year award, given to a member of the media for communicating sports stories in the state of Washington. Calabro has also been honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as Washington’s “Sportscaster of the Year” in 1997, 2000-2003 and again in 2006. Calabro has also lent his voice to several Microsoft video games, including NBA Inside Drive, NBA Full Court Press and NFL Fever, and as the play-by-play voice of Sony PlayStation NBA games.
A native of Indiana and graduate of Butler University, Calabro’s NBA broadcasting career began in 1983-84 as play-by-play announcer for the former Kansas City Kings, now the Sacramento Kings. Calabro and his wife, Sue, have children Anthony, wife Stephanie, Nick, Lauren and Joe.
The 2021-22 season marks the sixth 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.
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 brother Khari, Mother Marlene and two nieces live in Houston, Texas, and brother Richard lives in Nevada.
Television Studio Analyst
Former Trail Blazer Michael Holton begins his 15th season with the Trail Blazers as an In-Studio Analyst and his fifth full season as the Radio Analyst alongside Travis Demers. 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.
Travis Demers enters his third full season with the Trail Blazers in 2021-22 as Radio Play-by-Play announcer while continuing to host The 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.
Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, Travis received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcasting from Long Island University. He now lives in Sherwood with his wife Hannah and sons Lincoln and Lawson.
Orlando Williams serves as Trail Blazers in-studio analyst during road games and game analyst and co-host of the pre and post-game show on ROOT Sports. 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.
A basketball fanatic and overall sports nut, Jamie Hudson joins the Trail Blazers Broadcasting team for her first year in 2021-22. She’s also a member of the KOIN 6 Sports Team as a part-time anchor and reporter.
Hudson grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has called Portland her home for more than a decade. She’s grown to love Oregon’s incredible passion for sports while covering the Trail Blazers, Ducks, Beavers, Timbers, Thorns and more for the past 10 years working for NBC Sports Northwest. Most recently, she was NBC Sports Northwest’s Trail Blazers Reporter traveling to games and keeping Rip City up-to-date with all things Blazers.
Hudson has her great grandmother to thank for her sports passion. With her family’s rooted fandom of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle SuperSonics, Jamie knows all too well about success and heartache at times. Her love for basketball blossomed even more while she attended Gonzaga University. She never missed a Gonzaga Men’s Basketball game in The Kennel and still continues to root on her beloved Zags. Hudson majored in Broadcast Studies with a minor in Sports Management.
Host & Reporter
Jay Allen is in his 21st 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.
Craig Birnbach is a familiar face in the Portland area. Before joining Trail Blazers Broadcasting, he spent over 10 years at KATU (2007-17) where he served as the Sports Director. Birnbach earned multiple awards in his time at KATU, including an Emmy and two Oregon Sportscaster of the Year awards. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, he was the Sports Director at WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC where he worked from 2000-07. Birnbach is currently the Communications Manager at Evergreen Public Schools, where he hosts multiple education-focused shows.
He was born in New York City and was raised in the great state of New Jersey. He is a proud graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he served as the manager for the 1993 men’s basketball team that earned an NCAA Tournament berth. Birnbach currently serves as a board member for the Evergreen School District Foundation and the Police Activities League of SW Washington. He lives in Vancouver, WA with his wife, Kendra, son Isaac and their two dogs.
SportsCenter legend Neil Everett joins the Trail Blazers Broadcast Team in 2021-22 for his first season. Everett will be Television Studio Host for pre, half and post-game coverage for most Trail Blazers road games.
Everett, a Portland native, has strong Pacific Northwest ties. After high school in Spokane, he attended Willamette University in Salem before transferring to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Everett joined ESPN in July 2000 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and is a household name on SportsCenter, where he will continue to anchor the late-night edition from Los Angeles.
Prior to ESPN, Everett worked for 15 years for various affiliates in Honolulu, most recently KGMB-TV, the CBS affiliate where he was the sports director and weekday anchor. He also served as an assistant athletic director and sports information director at Hawaii Pacific University.
“Mr. Rip City,” aka Bill Schonely, continues to serve as the Trail Blazers family’s Founding Broadcaster/Ambassador. "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 48th 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.