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Posted on July 21, 2016 at 9:03 AM by Amy Johnson
In the world of Iowa sports journalism, Bob Brooks was larger than life. His seven decade broadcasting career included interviews with some of the greatest athletes of our time. And coverage of some of the greatest contests in Iowa sports history.
But those weren’t necessarily Bob’s favorite sports memories. A former colleague at KHAK Radio in Cedar Rapids called me after Bob’s death on June 25 to say that Bob’s very favorite place to broadcast was Kingston Stadium. He was a familiar face there, starting with his very first broadcast in 1952. In the early 60s, Bob broadcast an NFL exhibition game from the site featuring Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.
But Bob was arguably best known for his high school football broadcasts from Kingston on crisp, fall nights. With his tie, top hat, trench coat and gigantic tape recorder, he was hard to miss. Bob’s articulate and passionate story telling was truly one of a kind.
That’s why I’m proud that the Linn County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution on June 29 encouraging the Cedar Rapids Community School District to rename Kingston Stadium Bob Brooks Stadium. We feel it would put a legendary face on a legendary place. And be a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for Iowa athletics. Let the conversation begin.