Davis Honored by Broadcasters' Association
Oct. 23, 2006
LAWRENCE, KAN. –
Bob Davis, the play-by-play voice of Jayhawk football and men’s basketball since 1984, was inducted Sunday night into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Davis, who teamed with legendary commentator Max Falkenstien for 22 years on the Jayhawk Radio Network, has broadcast Kansas games in six Final Fours, including KU’s magical run to the 1988 NCAA basketball championship, and four KU bowl games. Television commentator Dick Vitale once named “Bob and Max” to his “Sweet 16” list of the nation’s top college basketball broadcasting teams. Davis also hosts Hawk Talk, the weekly radio call-in shows for KU’s football and men’s basketball coaches.
He started his broadcast career in 1968 at KAYS Radio and TV, doing everything from operating the board to operating a camera to appearing on-camera. He spent 16 years broadcasting Fort Hays State University sports, and did high school football, basketball and baseball as well. He also broadcast AAA baseball for KWCH-TV in Wichita.
Davis joined KMBZ Radio in Kansas City in 1985 as morning sports anchor, and served in that capacity for some 20 years. He recently finished his 10th year as play-by-play voice on the Kansas City Royals television network.
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has named Bob the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year 10 times.
Davis attended Topeka West High School and graduated from Washburn University. He is married to Linda Michaelis; they have a son, Steven, a KU graduate.