Milwaukee will have the first ever Bucks PA announcer on Thursday

Last year, the Milwaukee Bucks aimed to make history, not just in the fieldbut also behind the mic.

This season is no different.

In September, the Bucks hired Lisa Byington as its first full-time play-by-play announcer for a major men’s professional sports team.

Now, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the first public announcer in Bucks history will take the microphone for Thursday night’s game against the Wizards, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the team.

“It still hasn’t really struck me,” said longtime AP announcer Bonnie Oleson.

Oleson is the PA announcer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She also occasionally announces for women’s soccer and hockey teams.

“Anywhere someone wants me to speak into a mic, I’m like, ‘Damn yes! Sign me up,'” she said in an interview Wednesday night.

His all-time favorite career moment was when the Badgers women’s volleyball team won the national championship against Nebraska in December. She started as a PA announcer 24 years ago.

“It’s been fun going from announcing national champions to announcing world champions,” Oleson said. “It’s been a whole year.”

On Thursday, she will do all the PA announcements inside the Fiserv Forum. She’ll start about an hour before tipping, talking about sponsorships and what’s happening during the game. Then, she will announce the starting compositions. During the game, she will inform the public about gifts and games.

“Doing this Bucks game is going to be a highlight,” she said. “I don’t know how I’m going to cap this.”

“We are thrilled to have Bonnie as the PA announcer for Thursday’s game,” Johnny Watson, Bucks executive producer for the arena and event presentation, said in the press release. “Bonnie is an experienced PA announcer and will bring her exceptional talent to the microphone for the Bucks at Fiserv Forum.”

Oleson also works in events for both Midwestern Family Madison and Madison Festivals. And she volunteers as an announcer with the Miracle League.

“I love it because it’s different every day,” she said. “There’s something new to do, I meet a ton of great people, and I always have something different on my plate.”

Prior to joining the Badgers, Oleson worked for radio stations Z104 in Madison and WKTI in Milwaukee.

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