Brian Wheeler enters his 15th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Portland Trail Blazers. Only eight other NBA radio play-by-play announcers have been with their current teams longer. Wheeler’s exciting style and trademark “BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA” dunk calls have endeared him to basketball fans throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is the regular co-host of the team’s weekly radio, TV and internet show, “Trail Blazers’ Courtside” along with Mike Barrett and Mike Rice.
Wheels has never missed a broadcast in his Trail Blazers career, having called the play-by-play for 1,255 games entering this season. Wheeler is in his 29th year of broadcasting, and was named the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year for 2007 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, he spent three years as a member of the Kings’ broadcast team in Sacramento, serving as the team’s pre- and post-game show host as well as handling the play-by-play for a select number of games each season. He also had his own talk show on the team’s flagship radio station. “Wheels” was also the original play-by-play voice on radio and television of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs.
Before Sacramento, Wheeler spent two seasons working in Seattle as part of the Sonics’ broadcast group and also hosted a daily talk show on their flagship radio station. Wheeler has NBA ties to Chicago, where he worked on the Bulls’ radio broadcasts in their first championship season. “Wheels” got his start in broadcasting in Chicago, earning a broadcasting/communications degree from Loyola University. He then spent nine seasons as the basketball play-by-play announcer on both radio and TV for his alma mater. His extensive experience in the Windy City also included broadcast stints for the Chicago White Sox, Northwestern University and SportsChannel.