Tom Hanneman Dies: FSN Studio Host And Minnesota Timberwolves Broadcaster Was 68
Tom Hanneman, a longtime sports broadcaster in Minneapolis-St. Paul Area died Thursday night. He was 68 years old, but no cause of death has been reported.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Tom Hanneman," FSN said in a statement. “He meant the world to so many people in Minnesota and around the country. Out of respect for his family, we will take the time to reflect and properly honor this great man. "
Hanneman was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Minnesota. He wrote a letter to WCCO anchor Dave Moore when he was still in college and was brought to the station as a dispatcher. After 16 years as a producer, reporter and presenter at WCCO, he became a television and radio presenter and reporter on the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves shows.
He eventually became the play-by-play voice of the Wolves on television and then the face of Fox Sports North, where he hosted the Timberwolves, the Minnesota Wild of Hockey, the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball, and the Golden Gophers Hockey the University of Minnesota acted pre- and post-game shows.
Hanneman also worked four seasons as the studio host for NBA Radio, covering NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA game of the week, and adding to the NBA playoffs and draft coverage.
In November 2020, he was awarded the Silver Circle of the Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter and won five regional Emmy Awards for his show.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor issued a statement that read in part: “Since Minnesota Timberwolves was founded, Tom has been an integral part and voice of our franchise over the years. First on the radio, then on television, his more than five decades of broadcasting experience had an impact on generations of basketball fans. Tom's grace, spirit, and sense of humor were felt by everyone who came in contact with him. "
Colleagues welcomed Hanneman on social media.
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