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Randy Hahn

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a wonderful time sitting down with the legendary television play-by-play broadcaster of the San Jose Sharks NBC Sports California National Hockey League, Randy Hahn. They dive into a reflective conversation about their long-standing careers in broadcasting. With over three decades behind the mic for the San Jose Sharks, Randy shares his journey from radio beginnings to becoming an iconic voice in sports.

So, join us as we skate through memory lane with one of hockey’s most enduring voices! Tune in now to this episode filled with fun and nostalgia!

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In this Episode:

  • Randy spills the beans on how his broadcasting career started in 1991, and never in his wildest dreams did he imagine staying put for over 30 years. Talk about passion and dedication!
  • Discover the challenges and unexpected twists of longevity in the industry from two veterans who have seen it all. These guys know the ins and outs, and they’re ready to dish out all the behind-the-scenes stories.
  • Ever wondered why certain game moments stick out to fans? Randy shares his thoughts and reveals why those interactions during live broadcasts hold a special place in the hearts of broadcasters like himself.
  • Uncover the importance of connecting with fans and creating unforgettable experiences during games and events that resonate beyond the final buzzer. Get ready to feel that sense of community and camaraderie we all love about sports.
  • Randy opens up about making tough career moves, handling rejections early on, and eventually finding stability in a turbulent industry. His journey is one of resilience, which aspiring broadcasters can learn from.
  • Find out what ignited the passion in these seasoned pros for the world of broadcasting, from the magic of AM radio to influential figures like Johnny Carson‘s producer, Fred de Cordova. Inspiration awaits!
  • Learn how growing up Canadian shaped Randy’s path toward becoming a hockey broadcaster. Discover the unique influences that made him the voice we all know and love today.
  • And of course, you won’t want to miss the valuable advice these experienced voices share on building authenticity and self-confidence, essential traits for success in the media industry.

Quotations:

“You gotta move around to move up the ladder, and then sometimes you take a step down or go sideways or whatever, and you’re right, to be in one spot for 30-something years.” ~ Randy Hahn

“Thousands of times you’ve done that job, you kind of focus on that day and then you do it. And then somehow parts of it just leave you because you have to make room in your brain for the next game the next day and the next show. So it’s a lot of, do the material, flush it, and move on.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s part of the great thing about the job that fans remind you of moments that maybe weren’t the iconic big moments for the Sharks in their history.” ~ Randy Hahn

“To them, that was a special moment. And you may have forgotten it. And it does remind you of it. And it just shows you that it’s a journey. And it’s a thing that means a lot to a lot of people. And for me, it’s a job. But to the listener and the viewer, it’s their joy, it’s their fun, it’s their escape, and they remember those special things that might not be iconic to anyone else, but to them. And it’s fun when you get reminded of that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“They’ve heard the same two voices for 30 years. And to just change that for no good reason, most people wouldn’t do that. So we’re very blessed in that the longer we’re around, in some ways, the more valuable we become.” ~ Randy Hahn

“And for anybody to just come in and decide to make a change for change’s sake, they better be very careful with that.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s not instant; it takes a long time, but when you have it, it’s a great, great thing. And it’s what I always tell the young broadcasters: you have to get comfortable enough to where you are yourself on the air.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s a process and it’s just about any walk in life. It takes repetitions. You just have to keep your nose down and grind out day after day, week after week, year after year of getting good at something.” ~ Randy Hahn

“It’s very hard to be instantly authentic. That takes reps. You’ve got to repeatedly do what you do for a while and get comfortable and get confidence. You know, our business is crazy. And I’ll bet you I’m singing to the choir here when you have to have a lot of self-confidence and believe in yourself because not many people pat you on the back. There are a lot more people who are waiting for you to stumble or look to criticize. So, you know, you have to have that self-belief and you have to have that level of self-confidence to keep doing what you do every day and every game. And that’s where the authenticity comes in.” ~ Randy Hahn

Guest’s Bio:

Randy Hahn is a Canadian-American play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks on NBC Sports California and has held that position for over 30 seasons. He has over 40 years of broadcast experience, mostly in hockey. Celebrating a milestone, he called his 2,000th Sharks game on December 13, 2022, during the matchup against the Arizona Coyotes in San Jose.

Teaming up with analyst and former partner Drew Remenda, Hahn secured five Northern California Emmy Awards in the “On Camera Sports” category, with victories in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008. Beyond hockey, Hahn served as a play-by-play announcer in Konami’s NHL Blades of Steel ’99 and 2K Sports’ NHL 2K9, NHL 2K10, and NHL 2K11. Hahn and Rick Davis provided commentary for the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Guangzhou, China, broadcasted on SportsChannel America in November 1991. Some of his other TV and radio work has been with the San Diego Sockers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers.

Currently married to Andrea Buswell Hahn, owner of the Frost Cupcake Factory in San Jose, Randy Hahn continues to contribute his expertise and passion to the world of sports broadcasting.

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Franco Finn

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas shared another captivating conversation with the legendary ‘hype guy’ and on-court host of the Golden State Warriors, Franco Finn. He shares his passion for basketball and takes us back to the unforgettable year of 2015, a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of a dynasty. Plus, get ready to uncover surprising truths behind the spotlight of some celebrities through intimate experiences shared by Franco.

So tune in now for all these fascinating stories where entertainment meets athleticism!

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In this Episode:

  • Golden State Warriors 2015 Championship Legacy Rekindled
  • NBA Star Power Dynamics, Drafting, and Team Development highlighting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and more.
  • Discover the Coolest Things Backstage
  • Behind the Scenes with Celebrities like NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Raven Symone, Shia LeBeouf, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Garth Brook, and Taylor Swift.
  • Industry Evolution Reflection and Creating Value in Radio Production
  • The Story of Our First Radio Commercials

Quotations:

“And the wonderful thing about 2015 is people didn’t expect us to win.” ~ Franco Finn

“I don’t know what today’s gonna bring, it’s a different day. I don’t know what today’s gonna bring, it’s a different day.” ~ Franco Finn

“But some people you see on TV, we all know, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s who they are in real person. They are actors, and actresses, playing goofy, funny characters, and when they’re in person, it’s a whole new ball of wax.” ~ Franco Finn

“These child stars, actors, whatever, they go through, I mean, things that adults would go through, but at their tender young age, they’re not even processing emotions. I mean, they barely have been on this earth, and they’re having to deal with pressures of money, pressures of fame, pressures of jealousy. I mean, you name it, like, we’re still learning, and we’re, you know, we’re older. And you imagine these kids are getting all this at once, thrown at them at one time, and not everyone can handle it. They will crack. And that’s just the unfortunate thing about it.” ~ Franco Finn

“It all kind of comes back to the roots and how you grew up and how you viewed the world.” ~ Franco Finn

“These kids viewed the world so young, so early, where they had money, fame, and everything else, that it may break you, and a lot of times it will and you go through like a rebellion period, right?” ~ Franco Finn

“I think that’s what fascinated me about this business is that you don’t see things right. You only hear it right because it’s the radio but the stories behind it, you know, are insane because you just there’s no visuals So you gotta be creative of the mind.” ~ Franco Finn

“Just take it, give it your best. They may or may not like it, but in that case, I was an artist, I was in my mode, and they freaking loved it.” ~ Franco Finn

“I don’t have to be that guy. I’m this guy I’m my own guy. And so that’s how you got to create your own value where you’re your own brand.” ~ Franco Finn

“That’s why radio, to me, was one of the most powerful tools, and it really did penetrate countries and people more than TV did at the time because people started on radio.”

“Don’t be afraid to just give it a try.” ~ Franco Finn

“I was always like the little guy Station, but that gave me the kind of like everything the know-how to just adapt and go and make a splash. You know how you’re like a big, small mouse with a big voice? I literally was a small mouse with a big voice.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m different, I’m making some noise, and I know my crowds very well. I don’t care who I’m up against, but this little voice, this mouse, could roar, and that’s how my career started, really.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m still a student. I don’t care if I have 20 years, 30, 40 years, I can still learn from others that I can apply to myself. And that’s where I think if you’re able to absorb like a sponge, take it in your own way, and then you do it the way you need to do it, but you could always learn from others.” ~ Franco Finn

Guest’s Bio:

Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Growing up, Franco attended a bilingual French-American school where he learned to speak fluent French, and that’s where he began his passion for the arts.  Franco graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University, studying television, and film production. Franco has been working in the aviation industry for the past decade, working in a variety of capacities during his aviation career, from Brand Marketing, Partnerships, Communications, External Relations & Employee Engagement. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations & Engagement efforts for the state of California at Alaska Airlines, while also serving as their company media spokesperson, host, and travel influencer.

Franco is an active member of the San Francisco community, where he also serves on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, board member for the Hotel Council of San Francisco, and now recently a Commissioner for the City & County of San Francisco’s Film Commission.  When Franco is not working his business and corporate jobs, people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise fittingly know him as the “Hypeman” at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the often sold-out crowd of 18,000+ fans every night. You’ll hear him introducing the team’s starting lineup, hosting the pre-game show “Warriors TV,” and conducting all the contests and promotions at the arena. Franco is also the first and only Filipino/Asian American “Hypeman” in the NBA. 

Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, nicknamed the “Hypeman Auctioneer,” where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, celebrity events, and all types of fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area, the country, and beyond.  He’s a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in North Carolina, as well as a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) with a Benefit Auction Specialist (B.A.S.) designation. Franco has been involved in a multitude of fundraising events for many years, working with some of the most recognizable non-profit charities and organizations, including the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just to name a handful, helping to raise millions of dollars and counting in his career!

His media background and experience include being a current segment host on KRON 4 TV, where you can see his recurring “Franco On The Fly” travel segments. He also works as a freelance MC/host for the San Francisco Giants’ special events department for the past 14 seasons. He is a local and national MC and has hosted a variety of signature events as well as sporting events, from NASCAR to Red Bull’s extreme sports competitions.  His previous stints include being an on-air personality and host for TV and radio for entities such as CBS, Comcast SportsNet, the Oakland Raiders (NFL Network), KOFY-TV, Radio Disney, KGO AM 810, and guest appearances on ESPN Radio.

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Franco Finn

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Let’s make some noise!

This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas shared an engaging conversation with Franco Finn, known as “the hype man” for his energetic presence and booming voice that fans heard inside Chase Center and the Oakland Arena before that, during Golden State Warriors home games for two decades. We delve into his fascinating world, where he opens up about his unexpected start in entertainment, his passion for radio and basketball, and how he became a renowned auctioneer. Plus, listen in for exciting NBA insider stories that could only be told by Franco, one of Dub Nation’s most beloved figures and a true maverick in sports entertainment!

So, stay tuned for this epic ride full of passion, laughter, and heartfelt stories! Let’s go Warriors!

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In this Episode:

  • Unexpected Beginnings: Discover how Franco stumbled into radio after majoring in TV production at Santa Clara University and initially aspiring to work behind the scenes.
  • Rise to Radio Disney Fame: Learn about Franco’s first gig at Radio Disney San Francisco during the boy band explosion era and how he worked his way up from promotions to becoming “Freestyle Franco,” captivating audiences with live remotes.
  • Warriors’ Hype Master: Hear about the pivotal moment when performing as an emcee at a Hilary Duff concert led to him being discovered by Golden State Warriors executives who were seeking a dynamic host for their games.
  • Auctioneering Adventures: Gain insights into how Franco combined his on-mic energy with auction skills after attending auction school, leading him to become successful in charity auctions.
  • Disney Discipline: Understand how working under strict brand standards set by Disney helped shape Finn’s professionalism and adaptability across various entertainment segments.
  • Championing Underdogs: Relive the early days when hyping up crowds was challenging due to less successful seasons but prepared him for energizing fans through every high-stakes situation.
  • NBA Recognition and All-Star Hosting: Reflect on Franco’s recognition within NBA circles, which culminated in hosting duties during all-star weekends—a testament to his industry-wide impact as an entertainer.

Quotations:

“I love anyone that’s part of Dub Nation, that loves basketball, that loves the Warriors in particular, because I’m one of them. And I’m just a mouthpiece for them at the games for the last 21 years. So I’m with the fans. I’m just the extension of the fans, and I love the team just as much as they do.” ~ Franco Finn

“I don’t have to be like them or this. I’m just going to stay in my lane.” ~ Franco Finn

“Like if you can get with that strict standard, you can work with any client and brand in the world.” ~ Franco Finn

“I had to bring magic and energy of Warriors basketball, which I’ll tell you was not easy because we sucked. We sucked for 20 years. So the Warriors you’re seeing now, now we’re switching gears, is obviously amazing. Steph Curry, the arrow this last 10 years, this decade, you know, four NBA championships. I mean, this is, I couldn’t even picture this, but you imagine in 2002 when I started, I had to hype up. really loyal fans that love the Warriors, but our product was subpar, less than subpar.” ~ Franco Finn

“We were advertising the other athletes coming to the Bay, and that was crazy.

I could not have made this up. This wild ride with the Warriors has opened up so much and it’s been amazing.” ~ Franco Finn

“I am the first and only Filipino Asian American height man in the NBA. And that’s why I, you know, was at an All-Star. I was the first ever an All-Star to be hosting that type of, took them 20 years to finally pick me, but they said, oh man, we should bring Franco Finn in and then I just did the FIBA World Cup basketball. I just got back and I hosted the world stage. So basketball has been everything, not just for me, my family, uh, but it means a lot to I know many Filipinos and Asian Americans love this game.” ~ Franco Finn

“If you want a nice, decent conversation, you just find that little nugget, that string that connects you.” ~ Franco Finn

“I can carry your baby and I can hang out with grandma too. Like, I’m that guy in between. And you can trust me, you know that I love the work that I do.” ~ Franco Finn

“In high school, emceeing the rallies that would literally be, I thought that was the biggest arena and gym in my lifetime. Now I get the one of the biggest gyms in the world.” ~ Franco Finn

“It’s a dream, you know what I mean? And to do what you love, right? It is a dream and it just doesn’t seem like work.” ~ Franco Finn

“You gotta embrace your uniqueness. Cause you know what, like you could be like this and that. And believe me, every day, you know, I think about imposter syndrome. We all have imposter syndrome and some, but you know what’s great about the world and life in general? There’s always gonna be someone better and someone worse. So you know what, instead of trying to be this or that, why don’t you just stay in your lane? You can get inspired.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m not afraid of being myself.” ~ Franco Finn

“You can only do what you can do because that’s what you can control, right? And just be the best at it.” ~ Franco Finn

“I’m still a student. I don’t care if I have 20 years, 30, 40 years, I can still learn from others that I can apply to myself. And that’s where I think if you’re able to absorb like a sponge, take it in your own way, and then you do it the way you need to do it, but you could always learn from others.” ~ Franco Finn

Guest’s Bio:

Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Growing up, Franco attended a bilingual French-American school where he learned to speak fluent French, and that’s where he began his passion for the arts.  Franco graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University, studying television, and film production. Franco has been working in the aviation industry for the past decade, working in a variety of capacities during his aviation career, from Brand Marketing, Partnerships, Communications, External Relations & Employee Engagement. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations & Engagement efforts for the state of California at Alaska Airlines, while also serving as their company media spokesperson, host, and travel influencer.

Franco is an active member of the San Francisco community, where he also serves on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, board member for the Hotel Council of San Francisco, and now recently a Commissioner for the City & County of San Francisco’s Film Commission.  When Franco is not working his business and corporate jobs, people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise fittingly know him as the “Hypeman” at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the often sold-out crowd of 18,000+ fans every night. You’ll hear him introducing the team’s starting lineup, hosting the pre-game show “Warriors TV,” and conducting all the contests and promotions at the arena. Franco is also the first and only Filipino/Asian American “Hypeman” in the NBA. 

Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, nicknamed the “Hypeman Auctioneer,” where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, celebrity events, and all types of fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area, the country, and beyond.  He’s a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in North Carolina, as well as a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) with a Benefit Auction Specialist (B.A.S.) designation. Franco has been involved in a multitude of fundraising events for many years, working with some of the most recognizable non-profit charities and organizations, including the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just to name a handful, helping to raise millions of dollars and counting in his career!

His media background and experience include being a current segment host on KRON 4 TV, where you can see his recurring “Franco On The Fly” travel segments. He also works as a freelance MC/host for the San Francisco Giants’ special events department for the past 14 seasons. He is a local and national MC and has hosted a variety of signature events as well as sporting events, from NASCAR to Red Bull’s extreme sports competitions.  His previous stints include being an on-air personality and host for TV and radio for entities such as CBS, Comcast SportsNet, the Oakland Raiders (NFL Network), KOFY-TV, Radio Disney, KGO AM 810, and guest appearances on ESPN Radio.

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George Maxe

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This week on the Here’s What We Know Podcast, our guest George Maxe shares his 30-year career path filled with unexpected twists and turns that led him to his current role as the president and CEO of The First Tee of Silicon Valley, where he’s been making a significant impact for the past 15 years.

Listen in to hear more about George’s inspiring journey. He recalls memorable moments playing golf and how golf transcends being just a sport into a powerful tool for character development and social inclusivity. He also emphasizes making golf accessible to children from all backgrounds and creating balanced environments where they can learn from each other’s experiences.

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In This Episode:

  • The Unexpected Journey
  • A Swing to Remember
  • From Berkeley to San Jose 
  • Numbers Game 
  • Golf: A Social Catalyst 
  • Making Golf Accessible 
  • Balancing Act
  • The Power Within   
  • Unforgettable Encounters  
  • Women and Golf
  • The Art of Mentorship
  • Volunteering
  • Building Rapport Through Humor 
  • Golf Course Conversations

Quotations:

“There’s something magical that happens when two people click.” ~ George Maxe

“When you love competition, it’s gotta be so hard to let go of it when you think you have a chance to win again.”  ~ George Maxe

“One of the great things about golf is that we’re using it as a vehicle for character development.” ~ George Maxe

Guest’s Bio:

George Maxe is a dedicated and visionary leader who has made a significant impact on youth development through his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of The First Tee of Silicon Valley. His journey with the organization began in 2008, when he assumed the position of Executive Director at The First Tee of San Jose. Over the years, his leadership and unwavering commitment have transformed the organization, leaving an indelible mark on the community, which revolves around nurturing young talent and enabling them to reach their fullest potential, allowing him to leverage his education, experience, expertise, and background to make a positive impact on young lives. Under his guidance, The First Tee of San Jose experienced remarkable growth and expansion. By early 2012, he had successfully extended the program’s reach to include not only San Jose but also Gilroy and East Palo Alto, effectively renaming it The First Tee of Silicon Valley. This strategic move broadened the organization’s service area, ensuring more young people had access to its valuable programs. He aims to serve 10,000 youth by 2020 and elevate that number to 18,000 by 2025.

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