AIR064: Bill Hazen – Broadcast veteran / play-by-play man during Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season (1984-85) | Podcast

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Bill Hazen

Veteran broadcaster of more than 50 Michael Jordan rookie games (1984-85), Bill Hazen.

Hazen previously appeared on the finale of our #NB85 series. However, that was an edited-down version, relating solely to the 1985 Chicago Bulls. This is the entire conversation, covering Bill’s whole career, to date.

Hazen was born and raised in Chicago. We briefly discuss the city’s history of professional basketball; leading to the expansion Bulls’ entry, in the NBA’s 1966-67 season.

Bill discusses his broadcasting career. His journey began in Columbus, Indiana – working as a disc-jockey and producing commercials – before he landed “the break of a lifetime” and moved to Milwaukee, becoming Sports Director for WISN Radio. This also gave Bill the opportunity to call play-by-play for the Marquette Golden Eagles, surrounded by luminaries Al McGuire, Hank Raymonds and Rick Majerus.

Later, Bill took a job as a sports broadcaster and talk-show host, at Houston’s KTRH. As circumstance would have it, when the talk show was not on the air, the station broadcast Houston Rockets games. Bill then worked play-by-play on TV games, for the Rockets’ late-1970s teams, calling names like Moses Malone, John Lucas and Rudy Tomjanovich, to name a few.

You’ll hear some amazing accounts of Michael Jordan’s first season in the NBA. Hazen was in attendance at Angel Guardian Gym – the Bulls’ practice facility for Jordan’s rookie season – he watched Michael shake hands with new coach, Kevin Loughery, before training camp had even commenced.

We reminisce about some of the great moments during Jordan’s first season as a pro, including this remarkable piece of commentary that Bill exclaimed, in November, 1984.


 

Another stellar piece of Bill’s commentary, was later used in the iconic advertising campaign, ‘America’s Game / NBA Action: It’s FANtastic’.


 

We also discuss Bill’s early use of computer technology to prepare for games and the dismantling of numerous personnel – coaches, executives and broadcasters – following the Bulls’ 1985 season.

In the mid-1990s, Bill worked for ESPN International, recording live audio to accompany ‘Game of the Week’ packages, distributed overseas. Also at this time, Bill called games for the NFL and produced live audio for the 1995 MLB World Series.

We conclude our wide-ranging conversation, chatting about Bill‘s production company.

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Kevin Loughery, Johnny Red Kerr, Paul Westhead, Orlando Woolridge, Jerry Sloan, Sidney MoncriefJawann OldhamDave Corzine, Rod Thorn & Vernon Maxwell.

 

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NB85-30: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Special guest, Bill Hazen (broadcaster) – 1985 series finale | Podcast

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Bill Hazen and Michael Jordan

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* Bill Hazen‘s broadcasting career with the Chicago Bulls (1983-85)

* Never-before-told accounts of Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

The ultimate episode of #NB85. We finish our series with an in-depth interview, inviting Bill Hazen on the show, to talk about his experiences covering the Chicago Bulls (1983-85). Bill was the play-by-play man for more than 50 of Michael Jordan’s rookie games.

Hazen was born and raised in Chicago. We briefly discuss the city’s history of professional basketball; leading to the expansion Bulls’ entry, in the NBA’s 1966-67 season.

You’ll hear some amazing accounts of Michael Jordan’s first season in the NBA. Hazen was in attendance at Angel Guardian Gym – the Bulls’ practice facility for Jordan’s rookie season – he watched Michael shake hands with new coach, Kevin Loughery, before training camp had even commenced.

We reminisce about some of the great moments during Jordan’s first season as a pro, including this remarkable piece of commentary that Bill exclaimed, in November, 1984.


 

Another stellar piece of Bill’s commentary, was later used in the iconic advertising campaign, ‘America’s Game / NBA Action: It’s FANtastic’.


 

We also discuss Bill’s early use of computer technology to prepare for games, the dismantling of numerous personnel – coaches, executives and broadcasters – following the 1985 season, Bill‘s production company and much more.

This episode concludes our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the series. If you enjoyed the content, please share it with your friends!

Make sure you keep an eye on my website. Research is already under way for #NB86. A new series, devoted to 1985-86 – Michael Jordan’s tumultuous second year in the NBA – also, a season highlighted by a stunning Boston Celtics championship team.

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Kevin Loughery, Johnny Red Kerr, Paul Westhead, Orlando Woolridge, Jerry Sloan, Sidney MoncriefJawann OldhamDave Corzine, Rod Thorn, Fred Carter, Dick Motta, Bill BlairVernon Maxwell & Phil Johnson.

 

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NB85-29: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1985 Playoffs – NBA Finals | Podcast

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Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* 1985 NBA Finals (May 23 through June 9)

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

The penultimate episode of #NB85. We discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. This time, The Finals. Make sure you stay tuned for our final episode. We have a tremendous guest joining us, to finish the series in style.

NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers v Boston Celtics

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent people mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Larry BirdByron Scott, James Worthy, Julius Erving, Scott Wedman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dennis Johnson, Kevin Loughery, Jawann Oldham, Quintin Dailey, David Greenwood, Bryant Reeves, Jim Jackson & Hot Rod Williams.

 

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NB85-23: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – February 23 through March 9, 1985 | Podcast

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Rookie Jordan dodges Bullets

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – February 23 through March 9, 1985

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played a schedule-stuffing nine games, in this span – five wins and four losses.

We chat about Chicago’s run to a possible-playoff appearance, by making the most of seven games at home. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Kevin McHale‘s then-team record, 56-points – milestones reached – Julius Erving becoming the then-third all-time highest scorer in league history – and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Bernard King, Jawann Oldham, Mark Aguirre, Ennis Whatley, Mark Eaton, Orlando Woolridge, Quintin Dailey, Darryl Dawkins, Sleepy Floyd, Bill Laimbeer, Magic Johnson & Hakeem Olajuwon.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Feb 23, 1985 – Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 26, 1985 – Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 27, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons

Box Score: Mar 1, 1985 – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 3, 1985 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 5, 1985 – Washington Bullets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 6, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics

Box Score: Mar 8, 1985 – L.A. Clippers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 9, 1985 – Utah Jazz @ Chicago Bulls

 

We reference this amazing (Chicago Tribune) photo of Michael Jordan – March 5, 1985.

Jordan's huge (rookie) slam

 

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NB85-20: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – February 8 through 22, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan, Pacers Chicago

Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* NBA regular season – February 8 through 22, 1985

* Insightful minutiae, all but lost to the annals of basketball history

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the next 15-day block of the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls played five games in this span – one win and four losses.

We chat about the impending (majority) ownership of Jerry Reinsdorf and his (not-too-distant) personnel moves that would change the face of Chicago’s franchise. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Larry Bird‘s astonishing, near quadruple-double – milestones reached and much more.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Hakeem Olajuwon, Mark Aguirre, Sidney Green, Julius Erving, Ralph Sampson, Mark Eaton, James Worthy, Tim McCormick, Ron Harper & Phil Jackson.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Feb 12, 1985 – Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 15, 1985 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 17, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Feb 19, 1985 – L.A. Lakers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Feb 22, 1985 – Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics (at Hartford)

 

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NB85-19: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – Bulls at 76ers (Feb 1), vs Pistons (Feb 12) – 1985 | Podcast

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Adam & Aaron celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan‘s (1984) arrival in the National Basketball Association. This episode covers:

 

* Chicago at Philadelphia – February 1, 1985

* Detroit at Chicago – February 12, 1985

 

In this episode, we discuss the forty-seventh and fiftieth games of MJ’s professional career. We were fortunate to have access to the game DVDs, giving us plenty of topics and moments to talk about. In our first game for discussion, Jordan’s Bulls visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Then we cover what is often referred to as the ‘Revenge Game’. (Allegedly) spurned – following his treatment in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game – Michael Jordan explodes for a season-high 49 points.

Aside from a focus on Jordan’s burgeoning career, we cover numerous sub-plots, individual milestones, amusing moments and minutiae from both games.

This episode continues our coverage of the 1984-85 NBA season. We encourage your interaction. Feel free to suggest specific games, moments and events from within the season, for us to cover in future episodes of the series. Thanks for taking the time to listen to the show. If you enjoy the content, please share it with your friends!

The most prominent players mentioned in this episode, include: Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Dave Corzine, Rod Higgins, Moses Malone, Sidney Green, Maurice Cheeks, Orlando Woolridge, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Major Jones, Brook Steppe & Chris Engler.

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