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Bill Schonely Recieves Curt Gowdy Award From Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame

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    Award Presented During 2012 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Trail Blazers founding broadcaster Bill Schonely was presented with the 2012 Curt Gowdy Media Award on Thursday evening during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Mass.

    The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President, the late Curt Gowdy. 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.

    “This is the pinnacle for any basketball broadcaster,” Schonely said. “There are no words to describe how it feels to win this award. I am thoroughly honored to be included with the class of individuals who have received the Gowdy award in previous years.”

    “The Schonz” was the voice of the Trail Blazers from their first preseason game in Longview, Wash., in 1970 through the 1998 playoffs, calling 2,522 contests during that span. In 1971, he coined the phrase “Rip City”, which has evolved over the past four decades to describe the passionate fan base in Portland.

    A three-time winner of the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year award, Schonely was named Oregon Broadcaster of the Year in 1995. In 2002, “The Schonz” was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers in 1970, Schonely called games for Major League Baseball’s Seattle Pilots, National Hockey League’s Oakland Seals, the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League and the University of Washington football team. In 2003, he was honored as Oregon’s Sportscaster of the Year while calling games for the Portland Beavers.

    Sam Smith, the long-time NBA writer for the Chicago Tribune, won the Gowdy Award for print media. For a complete list of past winners, click here.

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