One More Season of Locke
A Seattle Times article today contradicts early reports on radio station 950 KJR AM that David Locke would be leaving as Storm play-by-play announcer for this season for his new job as the play-by-play announcer for the Seattle Sonics NBA radio broadcasts. Instead they say that he was hired by the Sonics, not KTTH, and will continue with Storm play-by-play duties for the WNBA Seattle Storm for the 2006 season including this Sunday's game.
Congratulations to David who also nabbed the Program Director spot for the newly established Sonics Radio Network and will be in charge of production for the pre/post game shows. The Tacoma Tribune reports that he plans to do a blog for the Sonics much like he has done for the Storm. I think it is great, while his passion and energy have irked some listeners (particularly those from opposing teams) and he does not have the traditional "radio voice" like others in the business, he loves the game of basketball and puts so much effort into his work that it shines through in his work. He doesn't just tell us what happens during the game in a detached manner, he loves every minute of the game on the floor and shares his emotional experience with the listener. It may also mean a more thorough pre and post game show format, since that will be handled by the Sonics, and no longer at the whim of KJR which has traditionally "slighted" basketball over the more popular sports of basketball, football and of course their annual woman ogling "Bigger Dance" bracket.
New Signings in the Future?
Wendy Carpenter at the Tacoma News Tribune reports that coach Anne Donovan continues to watch the waiver wire and may bring on an additional player before the season kicks off. Teams may waive their last players today. She is looking for another post (too many injuries) or a backup point guard. The team has the maximum 11 players on its roster but can have up to 2 additional "inactive" players as well.
PI Gets it Going
Jayda did her stuff yesterday, but the PI is jam packed with its WNBA season preview today. Mark Bergin and the PI staff have a section FULL of articles on the team and previews of the WNBA season. Nice work folks.
Hey fans...the WNBA will kick off less than 32 hours with the first of two nationally televised games. ABC television will air the Phoenix @ Sacramento game tomorrow at 1:00 PM pacific time and NBA TV will be carrying New York @ Connecticut at 4:00PM pacific time. You can see the new "Paul Ball" style Phoenix Mercury with the lightning quick Taurasi/Pondexter back-court, as well as the recently returned former Storm standout, Kamila Vodichkova, take on the reigning WNBA champion Monarchs. Then you can see if the gutted New York Liberty can surprise the two time Eastern Conference Champion Sun with a little regular season adrenaline.
Of course the Storm kick off things on Sunday at 6:00 PM pacific with their game against the Sparks on FSN and LIVE at Key Arena. Buy TICKETS and start filling up the upper bowl, because it is being reported as a lower bowl sellout folks!