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Mon, January 13, 2014

Congratulations, Gary Rima!

On January 9th, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and Hall of Fame announced its national and state award winners.

In Iowa, UNI radio play-by-play announcer Gary Rima, host of KXEL’s On Press Row with the Sports Guy, won his second Sportscaster of the Year Award.  Gary will receive his award during the 55th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 7-9 in Salisbury, NC.  Long-time network play-by-play announcer Marv Albert and ESPN’s Rick Reilly, a long-time columnist with Sports Illustrated, have been elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame.

I’ve known Gary since our days together at KOEL in the mid-1980s.  His passion for UNI athletics is contagious.  He’s had a tremendous impact on growing the Panther fan base.  You can’t go to the UNI-Dome or McLeod Center and not see signs of his signature catch phrases – “Oh Baby”…”Ka-Boom” and “Ka-Bullseye.”

I’m proud to call you friend.  Proud of the work you do for Learfield Sports and Panthers Sports Properties.  Even prouder to have you share your talents with us weekdays at 5 p.m. on News/Talk 1540 KXEL!

If you haven’t already, congratulate Gary on a job well done!  He can be reached via email at onpressrow@kxel.com.

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