Part 2 – Stredicke: Northwest Sportscaster Roster

Bolland, ChuckChuck Bolland was born in Tacoma in 1941 and started school at Bryant Elementary in the Hilltop area before the family moved to Lakewood. He was in the fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary when the family moved to Idaho.
Chuck came back to Tacoma often to visit family and when he was about 11 years of age, his uncle, Elliot Brown, would bring him along to work at a little building near the River Road-Pioneer Way intersection. This was the transmitter location for KTAC. At the time, KTAC’s studios were located in the Winthrop Hotel, but the night DJ’s did their shows from the transmitter site. For Chuck this made quite a lasting impression.
Chuck got a weekend job on the small town’s radio station. He was often called-in after school to fill in a shift for vacations and vacancies. First some jobs in small towns in Southern California, and then the Tri-Cities and Spokane, In 1964 he became news director for KJR. That’s where the daily sports feature, “This is Chuck Bolland and That’s the Way the Ball Bounces” came into being. This set a style of sports reporting that could best be described as sports editorializing.
Bolland left Seattle to accept an offer in Cincinnati that provided station management and placed him in front of the television camera.
Bolland returned to the Northwest in 1976, landing at KTAC. For the next ten years he was the station’s news director, but once again was best known for the daily sports commentary. “It was something I could never escape and I’d have to say I’m glad I didn’t”, said Chuck. After 10 years he went to work for the Washington State Legislature as a public information officer and later in the Department of Fish and Wildlife where Bolland produced audio-visual projects as well as a monthly cable TV show called, “Wild About Washington.”
Bolland has continued to produce five sports commentaries each week for distribution to several Northwest radio stations, including KLAY, Tacoma. (CHBCenter, 2014).

 

Blair, Bud-head shotBefore professional sports took root in the Puget Sound area, local schools drew the allegiance of fans. For those who followed teams from Puyallup and Pacific Lutheran University in the 1970s, their source for news and play-by-play action was Bud Blair.
Hayden (Bud) Blair created an atmosphere that made the athletes and their fans feel like their game was the most important game in the area every time he took the mic.
Unfortunately, not only Blair’s career, but his life, was cut too short. He died a couple hours after broadcasting a PLU basketball game at the College of Idaho in Caldwell on February 5, 1978 two weeks before his 37th birthday. He had gone to dinner with Ed Anderson, PLU coach, and Gary Wusterbarth, his color man on the broadcast. Blair collapsed in his motel room.
Bud was born in Tacoma in 1941 and graduated from Stadium High. He started the Blair Sports Network around 1966 and began freelancing as a broadcaster and photographer. Later, he was part owner and then full owner of KUPY 1450 AM in Puyallup. From 1970 until his death, he called the action for PLU basketball and football games.
Bud was noted for injecting his personality into his broadcasts. It was not enough just to say scored, who made two yards and who made the tackle.

“Holy Humptulips” and “He’s covered like a Tukwila fog,” were a staple of most Blair broadcasts. There were other favorites including, “In the popcorn machine,” and “Down the elevator shaft,” along with, “It’s a 20-footer that goes 18, five-star stump floating barn burner” and “goodness gracious, Agnes,” that made his broadcast unique.
In the spring and summer Blair turned his attention to the unlimited hydroplane circuit. He traveled to the sites of the hydro series taking photos and calling race action. One of his most famous hydro photos captured Mickey Remund catapulting from his boat as it flipped mid-air. (CHBCenter, 2014)

 

HuardBrockBrock Huard has continued a family tradition in sports throughout the past 20 years, first on the field and in recent years in the broadcast booth.
He has called college football games for ESPN since 2008. He has served as both a gameday and studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC, and since 2009 he has co-hosted a morning radio show on 710 ESPN. He joined the Seattle Seahawks preseason television broadcast booth leading up to the 2013 season.
Huard grew up in Puyallup and became one of the top high school quarterback in the country in the early 1990s under the tutelage of his father, Puyallup High School coach Mike Huard. Brock was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, All-State and Class AAA State Player of the Year, and he received high school All-American honors from five different sources. He remained in the Puget Sound region for college, setting 20 quarterback school records at University of Washington.
His hometown Seattle Seahawks drafted Huard in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft, and he spent six seasons in the NFL with both the Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts. (CHBCenter, 23014)
 

Damon Huard - mugDamon Huard took his quarterbacking skills from Puyallup High School to the University of Washington and eventually to 12 seasons in the NFL. In 2010 he took his football insight, including two Super Bowl rings, to the KOMO radio booth adding color commentary alongside long-time Husky voice Bob Rondeau.
Huard was a three-year starter for the Huskies. He went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL with Miami, New England and Kansas City. With the Patriots, he won two Super Bowl rings as a backup to Tom Brady.
In addition to his radio duties, he has also acted as the UW football program’s chief administrative officer focusing on player development and professional growth and he has been a fundraiser for the football program and university.
Damon and brother Brock became the first brothers to start at quarterback in the NFL on the same weekend – Nov. 26, 2000. Damon started for the Miami Dolphins against the Indianapolis Colts while Brock started for the Seahawks against the Denver Broncos. (CHBCenter, 2014)

 

Bowman, Ed 1Ed Bowman enjoyed a 25-year sports broadcasting career in Tacoma, calling action ranging from Cammarano Brothers-Double Cola Little League Caravan baseball all the way through high school, college and professional sports.
Bowman’s broadcasting career got its start in 1955 while he was a student at College of Puget Sound. “Clay Huntington gave me the opportunity to do radio play-by-play of six or seven games at the Washington State High School Class B Basketball Tournament at the College of Puget Sound Fieldhouse,” Bowman recalled. For the next 25 years until he moved out of the Puget Sound area, Bowman did radio and television broadcasts of hundreds of sports at all levels.
Bowman worked with long-time Tacoma Cubs play-by-play man Don Hill on the broadcasts of the team’s run to the 1969 Pacific Coast League championship. Bowman also handled public address and public relations duties for the Cubs, in addition to writing game stories for Associated Press and United Press International.
When Hill took a group of Tigers boosters to Honolulu for games against the Hawaii Islanders, Bowman slid into Hill’s chair doing local re-creations of those games based off of wire reports. “I remember signing off the air at 2 or 3 a.m. on those re-created live broadcasts from Honolulu,” Bowman said.
Frequently Bowman worked alongside Doug McArthur calling the action as the Loggers and college and high school football, baseball and basketball games — along with some swim meets.
Bowman’s broadcast career ended in 1980 when he moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he became an executive in international transportation, trade development and marketing. (CHBCenter, 2014)

 

headshotjerryhowarthJerry Howarth’s time in the South Puget Sound region was short but vital to a sportscasting career that made him a tenured radio voice for Major League Baseball.
Howarth began his broadcast career in 1974 with The Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League on KTNT. He added University of Puget Sound baseball and football. Howarth moved to Salt Lake City to take on play-by-play for the Pacific Coast League’s Gulls in 1976. He followed that with a double-duty stint, assistant general manager and play-by-play broadcaster for the Salt Lake City Prospectors in the Western Basketball Association. That led to the Utah Jazz and eventually a full time position with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982. Howarth has done play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays for more than 30 years.
Howarth’s signature home run call, “Up! Up! Up! And there (s)he goes!” (CHBCenter, 2014)

 

Dick Nichols – South Sound Sports

[Thanks to Dawn Chastain for tipping us off to this article at the TURSTON TALK website http://www.thurstontalk.com/2014/09/06/dick-nichols-voice-south-sound-50-years/ ]

Nichols’ first full-time radio job was in Moses Lake with KSEM in 1958. A year later, Nichols, missing the South Sound, hooked up with Centralia’s KELA, doing news and sports there for three years. In 1962, he became the assistant sports editor at The Olympian newspaper and two years later hooked up with KGY for the first time to announce games.

In 1966, Nichols made another career change when he was hired to perform public relations duties for Alcoa and moved to Vancouver. Missing Olympia, Nichols moved back to the area two years later to work for The Evergreen State College. Jobs with Tumwater School District and Puget Power followed and he was elected for two terms as county commissioner in the 1990s.

“I must have had a low boredom threshold or something,” Nichols said with a chuckle about his career.

The jobs changed. But Nichols’ love for radio broadcasting never faded. In 1969, KGY and Nichols hooked up again and that lasted until 2012, when the Voice of the South Sound made his final signoff.