The Chicago Bulls plan to honor legendary play-by-play announcer Neil Funk, who was a staple on Bulls broadcasts in some capacity for 29 seasons. The team will honor Funk during Saturday’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The legendary broadcaster, who retired after the 2019-20 season, did not get a chance to receive a proper send-off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Funk began his career broadcasting high school and college sports in Danville, Illinois. His first job in professional sports was as the play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1982-1991.
Chicago came calling after that, and it was perfect timing. Funk joined the Bulls as the team’s radio play-by-play announcer for the 1991-92 season, right at the time a dynasty was born.
Funk broadcasted on the radio for 17 seasons. While he had six partners during his time on the radio, he had the most chemistry with color analyst and former Bull Bill Wennington, who remains the radio color analyst for the Bulls to this day.
The Bulls then brought Funk out of the radio booth and in front of the camera as the announcer began calling Bulls television broadcasts in 2008.
Funk had only one partner during his time in television, and that was Stacey King. King’s catchphrases and high energy paired excellently with Funk’s mostly calm demeanor, even during the most intense and exciting moments. An example of the two at work:
Congratulations, Neil! One of the best to ever do it.
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