Travis Demers will take over radio play-by-play duties for the Portland Trail Blazers from Brian Wheeler, who stepped down from game-day broadcasts after last season, citing health reasons. Demers, who hosts afternoons on the Trail Blazers flagship station iHeartMedia sports “Rip City Radio 620” KPOJ, is a familiar voice for fans as he covered for Wheeler for much of last season.
“He did an incredible job helping us last season and our fans were able to hear him call some of the biggest Trail Blazers moments we’ve had in the last 20 years,” team President/CEO McGowan said in release. “He has an incredible work ethic and we look forward to our fans hearing him in his new role.”
Demers is only the fourth radio play-by-play announcer for the team, following Wheeler’s 21-year tenure that began in 1998. Bill Schonely served as the first play-by-play voice, starting with the team’s inception in 1970. His first tenure lasted until 1992, when Eddie Doucette took over for two years prior to Schonely’s return in 1994.
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to call games for a franchise that I love, to work with incredible people and share that with the best fans in the NBA,” Demers added. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do, it’s an absolute dream job. I’m thrilled to be able to live out that dream in Rip City.”
In addition to his play-by-play duties and radio show, Demers also hosts “Talkin’ Beavers” on NBC Sports Northwest. Prior to joining KPOJ, he worked as a host, update anchor and play-by-play announcer at Entercom sports “The Fan” KFXX (1080).
Demers has also called TV play-by-play for the University of Portland, as well as radio play-by-play for the Hillsboro Hops, and the OSAA Radio Network. He also worked as a host for SiriusXM College Sports Nation and anchored sports updates on the SiriusXM Sports platform.