Tommy Edwards (announcer)

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Tommy Edwards is a retired American public address announcer for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

Edwards was the arena voice for the Bulls at Chicago Stadium from 1976-1990. [1] During his first tenure with the team, Edwards is credited with originating the Bulls' famous signature style of introducing the starting lineups with "And now..." [1]

Edwards was also the first stadium announcer to play Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll (which became one of America's most popular sports anthems). [1]

In 2006, Edwards returned to the Bulls, replacing Steve Scott as the United Center arena voice.

Tommy Edwards was also a DJ and program director at several Chicago area radio stations, including WLS, WCFL and WKQX. He was part of the famous "Animal Stories" (as Little "Snot-Nosed" Tommy) with Larry Lujack on WLS and WRLL. Edwards programmed WODS in Boston from 1990 to 1992, then moved to KCBS-FM in Los Angeles, where he created the "Arrow" (All Rock & Roll Oldies) format. He most recently worked at 104.3 K-Hits, an oldies station broadcasting out of Chicago. [2] Edwards retired from radio on September 12, 2014, after a 54-year career. [3] [4]

Edwards was born in Topeka, Kansas and lives in Lake Forest, Illinois. He began in radio at KTOP in Topeka and worked at WEAM in Washington DC and WOR-FM in New York City before moving to Chicago.

Tommy announced that the Chicago Bulls game against the Houston Rockets on November 9, 2019 would be his last as a PA announcer. He retired and moved to the West Coast to be closer to his children.

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References

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  2. Tommy Edwards Biography - 104.3 K-Hits [ permanent dead link ]
  3. Feder, Robert "Tommy Edwards signing off on a legendary career", RobertFeder.com. September 5, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  4. "Chicago Radio Personality Tommy Edwards Set To Retire After Five Decades Of Broadcasting", CBS 2 Chicago. September 5, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2019.