Voice of the Bruins. 25 Years

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KURY radio broadcaster Kevin Bane has reached a milestone of 25 years as the Bruins play-by-play announcer.

KURY Radio Congratulates Kevin Bane on 25 Years

Article reposted by permission.
By Ryan Sparks
Pilot staff writer

In late February, KURY Radio’s Kevin Bane, “The Voice of the Bruins,” celebrated 25 years of broadcasting Brookings-Harbor High School sporting events. How did he know it’s been 25 years? While recently cleaning out a drawer he came across an old South Umpqua High School baseball program with his name on it — one of the first games he broadcast for KURY Radio, and it was from the 1991 season. After a quarter-century behind the mic, the Curry County broadcasting legend took some time to answer a few of our questions regarding his long and storied career.

Q: After 25 years how do you still fi nd the energy to keep calling games and is it difficult to do so?
A: Not really. I was doing it before I ever worked in radio. Way back, when I was growing up, we played the tabletop games, basketball, baseball and electronic football. My friend Bill Tindula and I, we used to listen Chick Hearn and Vin Scully growing up in Los Angeles. We always did that (announced our own games). So moving to Brookings and getting a chance to work at the radio station was just wonderful. The energy comes from the kids. They are enthused and a delight to watch. I never tire of it.

Q: What are some of your fondest memories in the time you’ve been here?
A: Going to playoffs is always exciting. Really the coaches and the kids. I’ve worked with two partners over the years and they had those encyclopedic minds where they remembered almost every play and every game. Mine is sort of a vacuum cleaner. I don’t remember a whole lot of the specifics, but I do remember the kids and the coaches and just the excitement of the crowd being on hand and that sort of thing.

Q: What are some of the games you remember most?
A: The games I remember most are the state championship games for the Bruins in 2009. Coming back and beating the team that took us out the year before. That was glorious. And of course, the championship game. I remember stretching a long mic cord and hoping people wouldn’t trip over it to get some post game stuff out on the floor. And cutting down the nets and all that stuff that goes on with winning a championship. I also remember doing a couple of soccer games and getting to do that “GOOOOAAALLL!” thing. That was cool.

Q: Did you always want to go into broadcasting or was this something that you just fell into?
A: I did do a lot of speech team in high school. So public speaking was at least in the formal sense not a problem. I did do well on sight reading in grade school and just had a knack for presenting information well. I don’t think when the opportunity came it wasn’t a sought opportunity. It just kind of landed in my lap. I started out as a driver for the announcer Jim Barrett and it just worked it’s way into it. I then worked with Rich Moore for a few years and then on my own for awhile now.

Q: What’s the toughest part of the job?
A: As I get older, it’s not more difficult, it’s just different, but it’s the travel. I drive 11,000-12,000 miles a year for sports travel. Since my wife, Nancy, retired we travel together which is nice. It’s an opportunity for us to have some time together and spend the night away and it’s worked out well for us. Certainly before that, when I was travelling alone in the mighty Ford “exploder” it was starting to get a little un-fun.

Q: What has Nancy, and your support group of family, friends and coworkers meant for you in all this?
A: I couldn’t have done it without my wife, who realizes my passion for it. My coworkers, they have to fill in when I’m gone, like this coming week for instance. They cover for me. My wife and family and coworkers, I couldn’t do this without them — simple as that.

Q: What is the best part of the job?
A: The best part of the job is continuing to feel involved. Because my job and a few other things I do in the community, my big involvement is getting the radio coverage out to people who can’t get to the games and that sort of thing. It makes me feel as though that’s a big involvement in the community and is certainly something I’ll feel when I’m up at Forest Grove and Liberty High Schools this week.

Q: After 25 years, is there anything you’d still like to see?
A: I would definitely love to see a football revival at the high school. Those poor kids have gone through five coaches in five years and they deserve better. I’m looking for some return to glory to baseball and softball as well. We’ve been in playoff situations before and I’m looking for those to revive as well. I enjoy doing volleyball, too, so there’s another sport that I hope we see do well in the future. It would be great to see the whole (sports) program, to see it run from season-to-season with success. That would be awesome.

Q: Any specific “blooper reel” moments you remember?
A: I remember, it wasn’t particularly a blooper reel moment, but it was a difficult moment. Back in the day when we did things on telephone, the pre-cellphone days, at Douglas High School we brought along one of those boxes of telephone cable and we strung telephone cable for two-thirds of the length of a football field. It was incredible. Sometimes it was a little weird the way we had to string cords and go a long way for power outlets and that sort of thing. Right now, it’s a lot easier. I don’t even need a power outlet. I can do things with just battery power from anywhere. That’s definitely great.

Q: How long do you see yourself still broadcasting?
A: Where’s my calendar? (laughs) I don’t know. I’m going to be 66 in December of 2019. Wow! That’s a long way from now. Maybe it goes beyond that, maybe it doesn’t. I certainly hope it goes that far, to when I retire. But I have no plans on stepping aside. Maybe I’ll get the company jet here, you never know. It would make it really easy.

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