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Chuck Swirsky (born January 30, 1954) is the radio play-by-play voice of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. He was formerly the longtime play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., Swirsky grew up in Bellevue, Washington and is graduate of Interlake High School (class of 1972).

Broadcasting and career

Swirsky was a sportscaster for WLUP in Chicago from 1980 to 1981. He was the Chicago Bulls public address announcer from 1980 to 1983. He joined WGN radio in 1981 and remained through the mid 1990s. While he was with WGN he also did play-by-play for DePaul games alongside former coach Ray Meyer and also did Chicago Bears pre-game and post-game coverage. He also made frequent appearances on the Bob Collins radio show, Collins dubbing him "The Swirsk". (Larry Lujack, sarcastic DJ of rival WLS radio, called Swirsky, "Chicago's answer to Mr. Spock", making fun of his prominent ears.)

Swirsky left WGN for Detroit where he did play-by-play for both University of Michigan basketball and football in the mid 1990s. Rob Pelinka was among his Michigan color commentators.[1] Swirsky began his career as the play-by-play voice of the Toronto Raptors during the 1998–99 NBA season, first on the radio then for television beginning in 2001. On March 23, 2007, Swirsky was honored by the Raptors when they gave out 18,000 bobbleheads with his likeness.[2] He is known for his famous "Salami & Cheese" phrase, which was used to advertise Raptors game packs during the 2007–08 season.[3][4] Another catch phrase is "Onions, Baby, Onions." This is said when a player makes a three point shot, and was used to advertise Raptors NBA TV HD.[5] He became a Canadian citizen on January 14, 2008.[6] During the latter part of his tenure in Toronto, Swirsky also hosted a sports talk radio show on CJCL (The Fan 590) called The Chuck Swirsky Show.

On May 6, 2008, Swirsky, the voice of the Toronto Raptors for the past decade, left the organization for personal reasons related to his family.[7] His vacated position was filled by Matt Devlin.

He has since returned to Chicago to carry out the radio play-by-play for the Chicago Bulls.[8]


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