Longtime radio voice of Trail Blazers steps down


Brian 'Wheels' Wheeler joined the Trail Blazers in 1998

Brian Wheeler, the longtime voice of the Portland Trail Blazers, will not return for the 2019-2020 season, July 12, 2019. (NBA)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Brian Wheeler, who’s been the radio voice of the Trail Blazers since 1998, will not be returning for the 2019-2020 NBA season the team announced on Friday. 

Wheels, as he’s affectionately been known for 21 years by Rip City fans, was one of the longest-tenured NBA broadcasters, having called 1,823 games. 

“Brian Wheeler has been an integral part of the broadcast team and Trail Blazers family since 1998 and his voice is synonymous with all the man great play-by-play calls over that 21-year span,” Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan said in a statement. “We thank Brian for his contributions to the franchise and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.” 

“I want to thank the Portland Trail Blazers for the incredible opportunity and honor of calling radio play-by-play for the past 21 years,” said Wheeler. “I was honored and blessed to be a Blazer for 21 seasons, and fortunately I’ve accumulated some precious memories that will last a lifetime.” 

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