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Iconic Trail Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely, who called Pilots, Totems, dies at 93

FILE – Former radio announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers Bill Schonely reacts to the fans as he is honored during halftime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 10, 2022. Bill Schonely, the longtime Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster who coined the phrase “Rip City” died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. He was 93. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) NYMV501 NYMV501

Bill Schonely, who called games for Portland’s NBA team from 1970 to 1998 and coined the “Rip City” phrase, previously worked in the Seattle market for multiple broadcast outlets.

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