Esteemed UNLV sportscaster Bob Blum dies at 91

By Justine Espersen

 

LAS VEGAS – One of southern Nevada’s famed sports announcers, Bob Blum, died Sunday at 91.

Blum had been having health issues ever since his fall April 6 when he broke one of his artificial hips.

The Hall of Fame Inductee was a longtime University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) sports announcer and Las Vegas 51s broadcaster and front-office member.

Known as the “godfather of sports broadcasting of Southern Nevada,” Blum was one of the oldest active play-by-play announcers in the country, according to UNLV.

Blum finished his 27th season as the announcer for UNLV’s Lady Rebels this year. He announced his 1,000th career game Feb. 4, 2006 at the Lady Rebels’ game in Wyoming.

“Bob was not only a great announcer, but also a great friend and supporter and so much more to UNLV and the Lady Rebel family,” women’s coach Kathy Olivier said in a statement to the Las Vegas Sun. “I’ve known him ever since he called my games when I played for UNLV (1979-81), and we are going to miss him so much. He’s almost like part of the uniform, everyone knows ‘Blummer.’ Bob always took so much pride in his work and how he represented the Lady Rebels. It will be a huge void in our family not having him around.”

He also announced for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers in his career spanning more than 60 years.

Blum was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, named Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association in 2002, admitted into UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, and received the Lindsey Nelson Sportscaster Award in 1998.

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