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EP 143: Larry Morgan, Drake University Basketball

posted by Logan Anderson June 18, 2022 0 comments
Larry Morgan, Drake University

This episode features my conversation with Larry Morgan, the voice of Drake University hoops and a stalwart of the Des Moines market. Topics of discussion include:

  • Continuing to learn and work on his craft even after 40+ years in the business.
  • The parts of the business that bring him happiness.
  • How stops in Illinois and California led to him eventually find his way to the Des Moines market.
  • Learning in college under both Tom Hedrick and Gary Bender, both legendary broadcasters who literally wrote books on broadcasting.
  • Being quoted in the book “The Art of Sportscasting.”
  • Applying for jobs in the 70’s.
  • The challenges of also hosting a morning radio show as a play-by-play broadcaster.
  • Working on a classic rock despite not enjoying classic rock.
  • Bouncing back after losing his play-by-play job due to a rights change.
  • Landing the job as the TV voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
  • His relationship with Bill Rasmussen, the founder of ESPN.
  • Switching from primarily a radio announcer to a TV announcer.
  • What he learned from his short stint in sales.
  • Why he left full time radio.
  • Why he turned down several TV anchor jobs.
  • Covering legendary athletes at the college level.
  • Covering Kurt Warner in his arena football days.
  • His basketball game prep process.
  • Creating his own custom basketball scorebook.
  • Preparing for a broadcast before the internet existed.
  • The unique experience of covering arena football.
  • The coaching advice his broadcast team received from Bob Knight.
  • Dealing with paranoid coaches.
  • The importance of treating people nicely.
  • Balancing a great career with a great family life.
  • Winning the NSMA State Sportscaster of the year four times in a row.
  • Staying social media free.
  • Deciding to retire from his full time position.
  • The strange people watching stories from volunteering at the airport information booth.
  • His broadcast horror stories.
  • Mentoring Brian Sieman from the Clippers as he rose through the ranks.

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