On this week’s FANalyst podcast, Jo is off in the Alaska Wilderness so Tara invited special guest Rich Patterson, Radio Network Producer for the Portland Trail Blazers to talk history, hoops and some Portland Wrestling.
Rich shares stories about listening to the Shonz in the early days of the team, starting a permanent position with the team during the 1992 NBA finals, and how he came to be the guardian of hundreds of hours of special Trail Blazers’ and Portland Wrestling broadcasts.
3:00 How one of the earliest recordings of a Trail Blazer’s game came from a 10 year old’s clock radio.
4:50 Why Shonz had to recreate the calls for the 1977 Championship Game
12:00 Starting a new job during the NBA Finals when someone didn’t show up for a shift
14:30 How radio producing has changed through the years
20:45 Favorite memories of 1992 including the Dream Team at the Tournament of the Americas
23:40 Eddie Ducette, master of nicknames. Mike Rice’s ejection from a game
28:30 Transitioning from Bill Schonely to Brian Wheeler
34:30 Shonz archival tapes
46:15 Putting together highlight reels when Brandon Roy won’t stop being amazing in the 4th quarter
48:30 Thoughts on upcoming season
50:50 First impressions of Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli
55:55 Tara gets schooled in Portland Wrestling history
You can download the mp3 directly here.