Great Job, Internet!: Boom shakalaka! Read an interview with the NBA Jam voiceover artist

When it comes to influential sports video games, the early ’90s release NBA Jam stands tall next to Tecmo Bowl, the Madden NFL series, and RBI Baseball. The arcade basketball game, featuring many of the era’s top NBA stars, was notable for its fuzzy crowd noise and a steady stream of commentary peppered with catchphrases such as “Boom shakalaka!” “Ugly shot!” and “He’s heating up!”

The man who recorded these catchphrases is Chicago resident (and Bulls fan) Tim Kitzrow. The former Second City Conservatory member was already doing voiceover work for NBA Jam‘s developer, Midway, when the opportunity to channel an enthusiastic NBA announcer came up. Kitzrow was paid $50 an hour for his time, which added up to a whopping $900. “When you’re young and you’re trying to get a start, $50 an hour was a nice paycheck,” he tells Vice Sports. “I can …

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