In celebration of KINK FM’s 50th Anniversary, we present The Portland 50, a podcast series about the people who dreamt, built and championed the innovation, growth and uniqueness of Portland. Each episode is a narrative journey told by the founders, leaders and drivers behind some of Oregon’s best known companies, landmarks and industries.
In this week’s episode we feature Bill Schonely, otherwise known as The Schonz and the Mayor of Rip City. Bill was the play-by-play announcer for the Portland Beavers and for 35 years with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and in 2003 the Blazers retired his microphone. Bill Schonely now works as the Blazers Goodwill Ambassador.