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Trail Blazers' beloved broadcaster discusses his life and career with Kerry Eggers

BILL SCHONELY

If there has been a more beloved figure in the history of the Trail Blazers than Clyde Drexler, it's the man who was behind the microphone during Clyde's entire career in Portland.

Even after Bill Schonely's 28-year run as the Blazers' play-by-play voice ended in 1998, his popularity with the team's fan base has remained off the charts.

Now 90, the one constant in the franchise's 50-year history is "The Schonz," who this week participated in the latest episode of the Pamplin Northwest podcast series

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The NBA shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has the ever-active Schonely — who in 2012 received the Curt Gowdy Award at the Naismith Hall of Fame induction ceremony — longing for the return of action to Moda Center.

"I'm missing it a great deal," he said. "This is the first time in 50 years we haven't had basketball or anything else to do. I'm bored."

The Norristown, Pennsylvania native covers many subjects in this podcast, including his time growing up during the Great Depression, how his interest in broadcasting grew by listening to his crystal radio as a child, his background as a musician, his brief pro wrestling career (including a bout with the legendary Gorgeous George), his season with baseball's Seattle Pilots and his long career with the Blazers.

Have a listen. It's one more chance to hear what has been called "the Voice of God."

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