Gene Honda: fun sports voice guy

Gene Honda is the public address announcer for the Blackhawks, White Sox, DePaul, Big Ten basketball and hockey tournaments, the NCAA Final Four, the Chicago Marathon, and more. He also does voice and TV work for PBS and WTTW in Chicago, After School Matters, and worked in cable TV. He talks about his radio career at WPGU in Champagne-Urbana and WLAK in Chicago, and his brief movie career, which included "The Dilemma," (for which he ironically had to audition to be the Blackhawks public address announcer), and "Opportunity Knocks," in which he played a Japanese businessman who said words his mom wouldn't translate. He also talks about Blackhawks and White Sox players, his friend Ozzie Guillen, and his dad, who was a chief architect for Marina City, River City, and Prentice Women's Hospital. And there's even more!

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Jack Taddeo said...

I worked with Gene many years ago at, then, WLAK and it's successor WLIT(93.9). He is the real deal and a great guy. So glad that he has made a career of what he loves!

Margaret Larkin said...

I was at a Sox game this past summer, and he sounded great. He does seem like a cool guy who's passionate about what he does.