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 Blair, Vernon 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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NB85-26: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – 1985 Playoffs – Round 1 | Podcast

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Rookie Michael Jordan

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

 

* 1985 NBA Playoffs – Round 1 (April 15 through 28)

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls took on the Milwaukee Bucks – Jordan’s first foray into the postseason. The Bucks prevailed, winning in four games (3-1). We also cover each and every series, across both conferences.

East: Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers | Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Bullets | Detroit Pistons v New Jersey Nets

West: L.A. Lakers v Phoenix Suns | Denver Nuggets v San Antonio Spurs | Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz | Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

We reference this image (April 18, 1985) from the Chicago Tribune.

Rookie Michael Jordan defies gravity

 

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, Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, Sidney Moncrief, Fat Lever, Alex English, Rolando BlackmanMark Eaton, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sidney Green, Thurl BaileyBilly Paultz, Audie Norris, Lewis Lloyd & Charles Pittman.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Apr 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Apr 21, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Milwaukee Bucks

Box Score: Apr 24, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 26, 1985 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls

 

We also refer to this classic, fifth and deciding game, from the Western Conference. The visiting Utah Jazz, stun the Houston Rockets – a franchise-defining victory.

 

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NB85-25: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – March 25 through April 14, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan Pacers Bulls

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

 

* NBA regular season – March 25 through April 14, 1985

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

 

In this episode, we discuss numerous happenings from the 1984-85 NBA season. The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with ten games in nineteen days – four wins and six losses.

We chat about Bernard King‘s arthroscopic – a week later, reconstructive – knee surgery and its implications on his career. Then, cover the changing hierarchy of the Bulls’ franchise – particularly the arrival of Jerry Krause, coupled with the departure of Rod Thorn. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Dave Corzine‘s season-high 23 points – milestones reached – Moses Malone surpassing 10,000 career rebounds, Stan Albeck registering his 300th win as coach, John Bagley (team; Cleveland) & Isiah Thomas‘ (league) records for assists in a single season – 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, Larry Bird, Calvin Natt, David Greenwood, Derek Smith, Dan Issel, Bill Laimbeer, Hakeem Olajuwon & Micheal Ray Richardson.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Mar 26, 1985 – Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Mar 28, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers

Box Score: Mar 30, 1985 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 2, 1985 – New Jersey Nets @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 3, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

Box Score: Apr 5, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers

Box Score: Apr 6, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks

Box Score: Apr 8, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Indiana Pacers

Box Score: Apr 12, 1985 – Atlanta Hawks @ Chicago Bulls

Box Score: Apr 13, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New Jersey Nets

 

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NB85-24: Michael Jordan’s rookie NBA season – March 10 through 24, 1985 | Podcast

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Jordan takes aim, versus Bullets

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

 

* NBA regular season – March 10 through 24, 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 yet another, schedule-stuffing nine games, in this span – four wins and five losses.

We chat about Jerry Reinsdorf becoming the Chicago Bulls’ majority owner. Then, cover Bernard King‘s very serious, career-altering knee injury. We also talk about the NBA’s best-performing players – including Larry Bird‘s astonishing 60-point explosion versus Atlanta – milestones reached – George Gervin passing Jerry West, to become the then-ninth 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, Jawann Oldham, Alvan Adams, Bill Laimbeer, Dave Corzine, Jeff Malone, Steve Johnson, Darrell Griffith, Robert Parish, Manute Bol & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

 

Chicago Bulls games discussed:

 

Box Score: Mar 11, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Washington Bullets

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

Box Score: Mar 14, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

Box Score: Mar 15, 1985 – Phoenix Suns @ Chicago Bulls

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

Box Score: Mar 19, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Houston Rockets

Box Score: Mar 20, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs

Box Score: Mar 23, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks

Box Score: Mar 24, 1985 – Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz

 

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