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First SuperSonics announcer dies

Updated: January 9, 2010, 1:11 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Bob Blackburn, the Seattle SuperSonics' first broadcaster and for 20 years the lone voice of Sonics history, died Friday after a lengthy illness, his wife Pat told The Associated Press. He was 85.

Known for his smooth voice and simple, colorful descriptions, Blackburn educated two generations of basketball fans in the Pacific Northwest. From Lenny Wilkens to Jack Sikma, Blackburn was the narrator for Sonics basketball, including the team's lone NBA championship in 1979.

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