An iconic voice of Kansas athletics — and a former broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals — is calling it quits following this college basketball season.
Bob Davis, who has served as the play-by-by broadcaster for the Kansas Jayhawks for 32 seasons, will retire in 2016, KU announced Tuesday. That means Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown at Memorial Stadium will be his final college football broadcast.
“I’ve been really lucky to be the ‘Voice of the Jayhawks’ for 32 years,” Davis said. “It was a dream job for me when it happened.”
Davis, who graduated from Topeka West High School and Washburn University, started at Kansas in the fall of 1984, embarking on a career that would include eight of Kansas’ 14 Final Four appearances and NCAA titles in 1988 and 2008. He also called six bowl games, including Kansas’ Orange Bowl triumph after the 2007 season. His legendary voice was present for nearly every significant moment during the tenures of Larry Brown, Roy Williams and Bill Self.
“Bob Davis is an institution in the state of Kansas,” KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said, “and we thank him for everything he’s meant to KU. Jayhawk fans here and around the country have grown up listening to Bob and consider him a member of their family. We at KU will always consider Bob part of our family.”
For Kansas City area sports fans, Davis, 71, also left an indelible mark as a long-time broadcaster with the Kansas City Royals. Davis spent 16 years broadcasting Royals game, shepherding fans through the dark years on radio and television. Davis announced his retirement from his Royals duties in February 2013.
Before taking over at Kansas, Davis spent 16 years broadcasting Fort Hays State University sports, including Fort Hays’ first NAIA basketball national championship in 1984. A member of the FHSU Hall of Fame, Davis also called games at Hays High School and Thomas More Prep, in addition to broadcasts of the Wichita Aeros Triple-A baseball team for KWCH-TV.
Davis’ career began in 1968 at KAYS Radio and TV. According to Davis, his duties included everything from “board shift, to a noon TV show, to running the camera for the 6 p.m., newscast, to doing the sports on the 10 p.m., newscast.” Davis also worked for 20 years as a morning sports anchor at KMBZ Radio in Kansas City.
“I had a wonderful first job out in western Kansas at Hays, 16 years there with college and high school sports and a lot of baseball,” Davis said. “Then to come to Lawrence and be able to follow the Jayhawks — bowl games, eight Final Fours and some terrific moments, seeing a team win an Orange Bowl and two national (basketball) championships and three other national championship games.”
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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf
“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.
During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.
“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.
“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”
Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.
“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.
ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record
“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”
The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.
ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.
As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.
FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week
Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.
FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.
Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.
The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.
FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.
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