The Portland Trail Blazers are celebrating their 50th anniversary this upcoming season, while on the radio airwaves they will welcome in a new voice behind the microphone.
This voice is not an unfamiliar one to Rip City.
The Blazers announced Monday morning that Travis Demers, the host of 'The Rip City Drive' on the home of the Trail Blazers, Rip City Radio and NBC Sports Northwest, will now be the full-time radio play-by-play announcer for the team.
"When I got the call I had my son in one arm and I was making coffee with the other," Demers said. "I had to sit down because I thought I was going to drop everything. I got really emotional and excited, it’s that moment when you realize your biggest dream is coming true. I don’t quite know how to describe that feeling."
Demers had filled in for the Trail Blazers longtime radio voice Brian Wheeler during the 2018-19 NBA season. Demers called 57 games, including 11 games in the NBA Playoffs last season.
Demers in no stranger to the Portland market.
Before joining NBCSNW Rip City Radio back in 2014, Demers worked with Comcast Sportsnet Northwest and ESPN Sports Radio 1080 “The Fan” for 10 years.
He is also a familiar broadcast voice for University of Portland men’s basketball and baseball games.
You may have also heard Demers calling Hillsboro Hops Baseball games.
In all, the Trail Blazers newest hire has covered the Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers for the past 15 seasons.
Demers graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications with a specialization in broadcasting from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (Now LIU-Post) in May of 2003. He grew up in Westchester County, New York.
As a native from the state of New York, Demers fulfilled a lifelong dream last season calling a Blazers-Knicks game.
There’s no doubt that Demers is honored and eager to get the season underway.
"It’s a privilege and an honor to have this job," Demers said. "I remember growing up listening to games on the radio, feeling like I was right there next to whoever was calling the game. I could see everything, I could hear the passion. I want the fans to feel like they’re right there with me. I love this team, I love Rip City, and now it’s my responsibility to be the eyes and ears of everyone who isn’t there."
All of the Trail Blazers games can be heard on the radio flagship AM-620 NBCSNW Rip City Radio.