Antonio Harvey Exits Portland Trail Blazers Radio
June 15, 2016 at 3:16 PM (PT)
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS radio analyst ANTONIO HARVEY and television announcers MIKE BARRETT and MIKE RICE have been let go by the NBA team. Only radio play-by-play voice BRIAN WHEELER will return from last year's broadcasting crew, and the team plans to have him work without an analyst on the broadcasts on iHEARTMEDIA Sports KPOJ-A (RIP CITY RADIO AM 620)/PORTLAND.
HARVEY, a former BLAZERS player, was with the radio broadcasts for 11 seasons; BARRETT called BLAZERS games for 17 seasons, the last 13 as lead play-by-play voice, while RICE was with the BLAZERS organization for 26 years, the last 11 as TV analyst on COMCAST SPORTSNET NORTHWEST and TEGNA NBC affiliate KGW-TV.
“After reviewing our entire broadcast operation over the past couple of seasons, I felt it was a good time for us to transition into a new direction,” said BLAZERS Pres./CEO CHRIS MCGOWAN. “I would like to thank our broadcasters for their years of dedicated service to our organization and wish them nothing but success in their future endeavors. Going forward, we will focus our efforts on a national search to fill our open TV broadcast positions, with the number one goal of bringing in top-notch talent that our fans will be excited to watch during TRAIL BLAZERS broadcasts.”