[nfbwatlk] OT - Bob Blackburn, former voice of Sonics, dies
k7uij at panix.com
Sun Jan 10 05:36:24 UTC 2010
You betchya I remember. I may even have a tape of part of a game he did in
1968 subbing for Bill Anderson who had had one of his many heart attacks!
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From: "Bennett" <bjprows at comcast.net>
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> Thanks for this. Many on this list know that bob Blackburn was a hero to
> me. When he worked in Portland, oh those many years ago, my brother and I
> went to the press box and Bob and Raleigh Truitt interviewed us. We were
> about eight years old at the time. Ever after, I kept track of him, and
> even had tape recording of his football broadcasts of Oregon State
> football, including the years when Terry Baker was QB and hysmann trofee
> winner. He also broadcast the Portland Pilots basketball team, as well as
> OSU basketball.
> Mary Morman and I were cohosts on a Evergreen Radio Reading Service Talk
> show, a couple of years ago and we interviewed him. He was right, his
> voice hadn't changed, and he talked about that on the show with us. I got
> a chance to look at the ring he got, as he brought it to the studio to
> show us. It was *biiiiiig*. (That means really big.) (grin.)
> We were about to have a second chance last spring to interview him, but a
> week or so before the broadcast, he had another heart attack. The
> interview *may* sbe on the archieved broadcasts portion of the WTBBL web
> site. don't know.
> Anyway, I really enjoyed all his broadcasting. Mike, remember his
> broadcasts of the Portland buckeroos hockey team? He once broadcast a
> game when they scored four goals in 45 seconds. That was amazing.
> Bob Blackburn will be missed by this listener.
> Bennett Prows
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>> Thanks for the article about Bob B. Sure would like to hear the recording
>> referred to in the article.
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>> From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
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>> Subject: [nfbwatlk] OT - Bob Blackburn, former voice of Sonics, dies
>>> Bob Blackburn, former voice of Sonics, dies.
>>> By CASEY MCNERTHNEY SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF.
>>> Bob Blackburn, the announcer who spent a quarter century calling Seattle
>>> SuperSonics games and announced their 1979 championship win over the
>>> Washington Bullets, died Friday. He was 86.
>>> He arrived in Seattle when the Sonics did in 1967, beating out more than
>>> 100 other candidates who auditioned for the play-by-play job.
>>> It was hard for me to believe I was that important," he told P- I
>>> reporter Dan Raley in 2006. I hate the word 'celebrity. I just had a
>>> wonderful job connected to the public. Scott Eklund/P-I Bob Blackburn
>>> He was Seattle's first professional sports voice, arriving before Pete
>>> Gross for the Seahawks and Dave Niehaus for the Mariners. For the first
>>> 16 years, Blackburn was the play-by-play announcer, color man and
>>> After the Sonics beat the Bullets in Andover, Md., Blackburn received a
>>> championship ring with a large diamond in the middle and his name
>>> engraved on the side.
>>> He survived open-heart surgery in 1983, and returned to the air with
>>> three of his five major arteries unclogged. He was replaced by Kevin
>>> Calabro in 1992.
>>> Blackburn grew up in the Los Angeles area, listening to Pacific Coast
>>> Conference football broadcasts as an 8-year-old kid bedridden with
>>> tuberculosis. It was there he imagined himself behind the microphone.
>>> He landed a series of jobs in California, playing music, reporting news,
>>> calling games and building a r?sum? He worked his way north, handling
>>> play-by-play duties for the Portland Beavers baseball team for 18 years,
>>> doing college football on the side and meeting every celebrity
>>> imaginable, with a photo of him and Elvis Presley together still a
>>> prized possession.
>>> After leaving his job as the Sonics' voice, Blackburn became a
>>> professional auctioneer. He also led worldwide vacation tours, talking
>>> people through 85 countries. When interviewed by the P-I in 2006, he was
>>> the spokesman for a retirement community.
>>> Blackburn married the former Pat Hardin in 1948, and they raised six
>>> children.In the past few years, he'd made periodic appearances as a
>>> Sonics legend.
>>> At this age, most of my friends have had a voice change," Blackburn told
>>> Raley in 2006. I probably would not be able to broadcast all the games.
>>> But after 50 years, I think it still sounds the same.
>>> ANNIVERSARY BROADCAST
>>> On the 25th anniversary of the championship Blackburn, forward John
>>> "J.J. Johnson and retired Seattle Times reporter Greg Heberlein were
>>> members of a panel discussion about the Sonics at the Museum of History
>>> and Industry.
>>> The discussion was produced, moderated and recorded by Feliks Banel, who
>>> provided this recording.
>>> Information from the seattlepi.com archive is included in this report
>>> and seattlepi.com reporter Greg Johns contributed. Casey McNerthney can
>>> be reached at 206-448-8220 or caseymcnerthney at seattlepi.com . .
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