Gene Honda

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Eugene "Gene" Honda
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Eugene "Gene" Honda is a popular public address announcer for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University basketball, Big Ten Tournament, Illinois Fighting Illini football,[1] and the NCAA Final Four. He is also the voice of Chicago's PBS station WTTW Channel 11, the Big Ten Network, and the Chicago Marathon. He formerly worked for radio station WLIT, "The Lite" in Chicago.[2] Honda was the PA announcer for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic on January 1 at Wrigley Field.[citation needed] Also, Honda was the PA announcer for the 2012 Frozen Four at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.[3]

Honda is the only person to have announced at the MLB World Series, Major League Baseball All Star Game, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, NCAA Final Four, NCAA Frozen Four, and a World Class Marathon.

Honda appeared briefly in the 1990 film Opportunity Knocks as Mr. Nimoku.[4]

Gene has been known to drive a 1998 green Honda Accord, fittingly so.

Gene Honda also is a teacher for the After School Matters (ASM) Sports Broadcasting program at Curie High School for the past 10 years.

On October 11, 2008, Honda was inducted into the Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame. 2008 Illini Media Hall of Fame inductees

In his spare time Honda works as an instructor for ASM.

Honda made an appearance in Ron Howard's film The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, as himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fightingillini.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/050113aab.html
  2. ^ "City of Chicago: Gene Honda". City of Chicago.org. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ "The Voice: The man behind the mic". USCHO. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  4. ^ "DigiGuide Library: Gene Honda". Digi Guide.com. Retrieved 2010-05-14.