Franco Finn

By January 3, 2024January 22nd, 2024Community, Fun, Personal Growth, Sports, TV

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.


“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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