Gary Dolphin’s voice on WHO heralds the start of… commercial season!

 I think I made it to the first touchdown yesterday during the Hawk game. Being a
working man, my only opportunity to catch Hawkeye games the last 30 years, has
been on WHO radio.
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Back in the mid ’80’s when I was stationed in northern Michigan, I was even able
to pick up the game on the late night broadcast by holding the radio on top the
refrigerator. Oscoda, MI is a ways away.
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But I digress. That was the hay day of radio football broadcasts. 3 originating stations.
Ron Gonder, Bob Brooks & Jim Zabel. Hayden Fry was coach, great one liners, “High
porch picnic”. Chuck Long as QB.
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During the down parts of the game, Zabel and Podolak would talk about Hawkeye
history, great players and great games of the past. A real treat.
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Now, every single break in the action, and often intruding into the play, is a non-stop,
incessant barrage of commercial reading from Dolphin. From the pre-game to the post-
game and everything in between, “Sponsored by! Brought to you by! This corporation kickoff! This companies sideline report!” Good grief.
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It happened about the time they fired the 3 legends of broadcasting in the late nineties.
They could squeeze just a little more money for the broadcast rights, if there was
just one station. Screw competition and screw the listener, U of I could get one more buck! Isn’t student athletics pure?
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Forget hearing Podolak talk anymore, any break in the action is a steady staccato of Dolphin selling everything from soybeans to insurance and everything in between.
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And the University, and the coaches are making millions off of “student athletes”. I wonder if a star athlete is ever pressured to take the field when an injury would indicate he shouldn’t? Nah…. just because millions of dollars are on the line?
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Beau Flecks
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