"Hot Rod" Hundley
Rod Hundley, who was inducted into the Utah Broadcaster Hall of Fame in 2004, has been the sole radio and television voice of the Jazz franchise for 31 years, beginning in 1974 in New Orleans before moving to Utah in 1979. “Hot Rod” has called nearly 2,600 games in his career and was the recipient of the Annual Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, becoming the first broadcaster from Utah to be honored by the Hall. Prior to his career with the Jazz, Hundley spent two seasons as a broadcaster with the Los Angeles Lakers and worked five seasons for the Phoenix Suns, while he also announced games for CBS television. Hundley was a three-year all-American at West Virginia, where he earned the nickname “Hot Rod”, for his flamboyant playing style. Hundley was the first pick of the 1958 college draft by the Minneapolis Lakers and was a two-time all-star before retiring following the 1962-63 season. In 1982, he was named to the NCAA’s silver anniversary all-America team, an award given to former collegiate athletes who achieve success in life after their basketball careers. He is also a member of the West Virginia state Hall of Fame and a 1992 inductee of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame.