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Ohio Athletics Mourns Loss Of Longtime 'Voice Of The Bobcats'

Dec. 30, 2016 ATHENS, Ohio -- Dick Schorr, who held the position of 'Voice of the Bobcats' longer than anyone in the history of Ohio Athletics, has passed away.

Schorr was the 'Voice' from 1967-98, serving as the football and basketball play-by-play announcer on the Ohio Bobcats Radio Network. A native of Logan, Ohio, Schorr succeeded Joe Tait for the 1967 football season. He called the 1968 football season, which saw the Bobcats set a school record with 10 wins and participate in the Tangerine Bowl. When he retired from Ohio following the 1998 football season, Schorr had also called games for five Mid-American Conference champion men's basketball teams during his tenure behind the microphone.

A recipient of an honorary degree from Ohio in 1985, Schorr got his start in radio as a 19 year-old on WHOK in Lancaster, Ohio. In addition to his long tenure in the Ohio booth, Schorr freelanced for a number of television broadcasts, called men's basketball NCAA Tournament games, and his career credits also included calling Cincinnati and Ohio State men's basketball. Schorr also hosted "Bowling for Dollars" for eight years and hosted a number of all-star bowling shows for 15 years.

In 1996, Schorr became a charter member of the MAC Media Hall of Fame and was a 1978 inductee into the Logan High School Hall of Fame. He was inducted into Ohio's Kermit Blosser Hall of Fame in 2007.

"Dick Schorr is the standard bearer by which every 'Voice of the Bobcats' who followed him is measured by," ninth-year 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein said. "He had a unique, honest and entertaining style of calling the game. His tenure stretched across four decades, so think of all of the Bobcat lives he touched with his work. I visited with him several times during my time at Ohio, and the fact that he liked my/our broadcasts certainly means a lot. The love and reverence that people have for him shows what a 'Voice' means to a school. He will never be forgotten."

Schorr was 80 years old.