(Des Moines) KCCI-TV is reporting that longtime Iowa Hawkeye sports broadcaster Jim Zabel has died.
The Des Moines television station said late last night that Jim Zabel had been hospitalized recently for health problems, but was home Thursday getting ready for his Sunday radio show on WHO, when he died. His wife and WHO Radio’s General Manager confirmed Zabel’s death.
He spent 49-years broadcasting Hawkeye football and basketball games on WHO Radio in Des Moines. He was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. He retired from play-by-play in 1996 but continued doing regular sports broadcasts on the radio.
Jim Zabel was 91.
May 24, 2013