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Morris: In Praise Of Bob Curtis

Before the TV contracts, the Internet, etc., if you did not attend a Vandal game in person, then your only source of information was to listen on the radio...and how lucky we were from Pocatello to Sandpoint to have The Voice as our source. He always told me he only introduced himself once during each broadcast, at the beginning. Now I know why---we all knew The Voice--the passion behind it and the enthusiasm, no matter if Idaho was ahead or behind.  In this age of professionals who are here today and gone tomorrow while "climbing to the top" wherever that may be...The Voice shared with me that the day he was hired as the Vandals radio voice he was blessed because that was at the top, he'd made it, there was nothing else to aspire to. For 50 years none of us doubted that one bit. Only a handful of universities across the nation can claim the same radio voice of their football teams for 50 plus years. Idaho was one of the few, one of the fortunate. He was a salty fun-loving character who had the heart of gold. His work was farming, cattle ranching then real estate...his passion was calling Vandal games on Saturday afternoons/Tom Morris, Idaho Vandals Radio Network. More to come.

Question: Anyone else want to share thoughts re: what long-time "Voice of the Vandals" Bob Curtis meant to you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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