The whole city is jumping on the Raptors bandwagon today. According to the TTC, beloved Raptors announcer Herbie Kuhn will be lending his voice to the transit service this Thursday ahead of the team’s first NBA Finals game. Kuhn’s voice will be heard on the TTC announcements today. Kuhn's announcement is informing passengers about travelling on the TTC to the Scotiabank Arena for tonight's game.
The TTC announced on Tuesday that it would be suspending its planned early closures on Line 1 this week. Line 1 was scheduled to shut down at 11:00 PM every night from May 27th to the 30th for “subway corridor maintenance”. However due to the Raptors much-anticipated face-off against the Golden State Warriors, the TTC will keep subways running on its usual schedule, shutting down at 2:00 AM.
“Line 1: We’re cancelling the early closure between Eglinton & Bloor/Yonge this Thursday only so that everyone can get into and out of the city to cheer on the Raptors! The closure will continue as scheduled tonight & tomorrow night,” the TTC tweeted.
@BTtoronto @TTChelps @Raptors just heard this amazing announcement on TTC at Highway 407 station saying to take TTC… https://t.co/6wedwJwV5O— Carla Aviva Scentz (@Carla Aviva Scentz) 1559220744.0
Hey @Raptors fans! If you're on the subway today, you might hear a familiar voice ... it's @HerbieKuhn, the in-aren… https://t.co/IMFram32V6— Susan Sperling (@Susan Sperling) 1559221997.0
Herbie and the Raptors go way back. Kuhn has been team’s announcer for the entire duration of their franchises 24-year history. His voice and presence are well-known to both Toronto fans and pro-basketball fans alike.
Kuhn has also become a Toronto sports team chaplain. According to CBC, the announcer has been providing religious services to the Raptors for over 20 years. Kuhn even branched off and started offering the service to the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League back in 2010.
Kuhn holds a 15-minute spiritual service before every game with a handful of players from the Raptors and visiting teams. "I'll say, 'Amen' at the end of one of our chapels, and then I literally have to race over here within 60 seconds to my first read over the PA system," Kuhn joked to CBC last year.