GENE HONDA -- VOICE OF THE FINAL FOUR -- SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Gene Honda has been the popular Public Address Announcer of the Final Four for the past five years.  He is also the voice of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks and DePaul University.  Honda is a fundraiser and has done commercials and voice over work for Channel 11 WTTW-TV Public Broadcasting in Chicago for the past 14 years.  Gene was also a radio disc jockey for WLIT.

Honda had a busy month of basketball in March in 2007 as he announced the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA First and Second Round Games at Chicago's United Center, an NIT game at DePaul and the Final Four in Atlanta. 

The Chicago native also helped coach club ice hockey at the University of Illinois and recently still slips on his goalie pads.


Gene Honda (bottom) poses with the
Hoop Historians at the Final Four

Honda had his motion picture acting debut in the 1990 Dana Carvey's "Opportunity Knocks" saying four lines as a Japanese businessman Mr. Nimoku.  Gene's mother helped him with the Japanese lines, but line four had a number of swear words.   Honda's mom wouldn't teach him the swear words and Gene had to have someone else help him with his last line.  Honda's mom never saw the movie.
 

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