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Schonely Remembered As Legendary Blazers Announcer

(Portland, OR) -- Iconic Portland Trail Blazers announcer Bill Schonely died on Saturday at age 93. Schonely was the first announcer for the Blazers and held the position for 28 years. Schonely created the phrase 'Rip City' while calling a Blazers game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Schonely's wife Dottie was by his side when he passed. A public service is being planned. The details are still being worked out. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Providence Child Center and the American Heart Association.

 

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