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Game-Day With The Hawkeye Football Network

By Ron Steele

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The Hawkeyes travel to Tampa for the January 1st Outback Bowl, and so will The Hawkeye Radio Network.  For so many years, the tradition of 'watching' Hawkeye football meant 'listening' to the voices of the greats ones like Tait Cummings, Jim Zabel, Bob Brooks, Ron Gonder, Frosty Mitchell or the late Gene Claussen. Today, Gary Dolphin, Ed Podolak and Rob Brooks continue that great tradition.  (Watch the Video)

Shonn Green has thrilled Hawkeye fans with his 'dream' season, and, in doing so, has amplified excitement in the broadcast booth for Ed podolak and Gary Dolphin. Dolph gets to live his 'dream' job in every Hawkeye game.

The 'Voice of the Hawkeyes' says, "I think what I love about play-by-play is the unexpected. You don't have a script, so you can't predict what's going to happen. The unpredictability leads to excitement and that's what makes it so challenging and so much fun."

The game insight and analysis comes from former Hawkeye star and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame star Ed Podolak, who is still having more fun than should be allowed.

Podolak says, "It's exciting for me to be able to describe it. Gary does such a great job describing what the play looks like before it starts and as it develops. And, then I can go and do what I enjoy doing, which is why it happened or how it happened."

From the sidelines at Kinnick Stadium, Rob Brooks handles the reports, and then, joins Dolph in the booth for the post game show.

Kevin Dolan engineers and produces the broadcast from the press box. He says it's the Hawkeye players who make it fun.

Dolan, who joins Rob Brooks for a Mediacom cable show, says of the Hawkeye players, "They're just kids. People kind of forget about that. They're 19 to 20-year olds and emotions run on the surface. It's amazing how well they conduct themselves, considering how emotional you can get during this very passionate game."

Hawkeye games are a production of Learfield Sports, through Hawkeye Sports Properties. Hawkeye Sports Properties holds the multi media rights to all University of Iowa athletics. At every home game, the booth is packed with sponsors, prize winners and supporters, who get an opportunity to enjoy the game from the press box.

Amid the excitement, some touching moments often go unnoticed. A young boy, about to begin his cancer treatments, wanted to meet Gary Dolphin. As always, Dolph was quick to accommodate the youngster. It's all part of the game day experience at Kinnick Stadium. Kirk Ferentz and his Hawks work the Kinnick Stadium turf, while the broadcast team from the Hawkeye Radio Network works the crowd listening at home.

Even though every Iowa game snow televised,  so many fans still turn down the TV sound and turn up the radio while watching Hawkeye football games.

Also, a special mention and memorial dedication here to the late Patrick Mormann, Hawkeye Radio Network producer and spotter. Sadly, Patrick died in a car accident just a day after producing the Minnesota game. Patrick, as Dolph says, "We're all in a state of shock, and you will be missed."

Kickoff for The Outback Bowl is 10:00 AM News Year's Day. In the meantime, Gary Dolphin is busy calling play-by-play for the Hawkeye basketball team. It's always a busy time for 'The Voice of the Hawkeyes."

Online Reporter: Ron Steele

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