first media personality inducted into the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame should
come as no surprise to
· Pete Taylor
Taylor, who passed away in March of 2003, was the overwhelming choice of our panel of experts, who were choosing from a list of outstanding broadcasters and writers. The nominations for the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame were submitted by Cyclone Nation.com readers.
are my thoughts and some of the comments made by voters regarding
The "Voice of the Cyclones" was a
tremendous ambassador for
There were three things that I
really liked about
1) He was very good at his job. You always knew exactly what was happening in the game.
2) He never tried to become "the show." He wasn't interested in becoming bigger than the game.
3) He was a true FAN. You could just hear the emotions in his voice—good or bad—when someone scored or an official made a call. He wouldn't sugarcoat things, but you had no doubt which team he was pulling for. Exactly the type of guy you'd like to watch a game with.
Comments from other voters:
"This is not meant to disrespect anyone on the list, most of whom I hold in high esteem. But Pete was simply the man."
"The VOICE of
"Is there any question? He was ISU to many of us growing up."
"He's perhaps the greatest Cyclone personality the University will ever know."
"Through the 33 years, the coaches changes multiple times. The Athletic Directors changed. The players changed. Everything changed, except for the one constant—Pete Taylor. He was a tremendous play-by-play man and an even better person. Pete was a hall-of-famer in every walk of life."
"Come on, do I really need to detail why? The original Mr. Cyclone, case closed."
"No other voice was so recognized
as the VOICE of
"This was a no-brainer for me. He will always be ‘Mr. Cyclone.' He brought
Breakdown of the voting…
Each member of the panel voted for three media personalities (1st gets 3 points, 2nd gets 2 points, 3rd gets 1 point). The panel includes some very knowledgeable sports personalities…
· Steve Deace … Popular radio personality on KXNO and Publisher of Cyclone Nation.com and "CN" magazine.
· Bill Seals … Senior Writer for Cyclone Nation.com and "CN" magazine.
· Bob Helmers … Producer/Director for ESPN and ESPN+Plus.
B.J. Schaben … Sports Director,
· John Walters … Sports Director at WOI-TV and play-by-play voice of the Cyclones.
Marc Hansen … Columnist for the Des Moines
Register and one of
· Eric Heft … Former ISU basketball standout and long-time Cyclone Radio Network color analyst.
· Larry Cotlar … Weekday morning host on KXNO 1460-AM.
· Marty Gallagher … Me.
· Pete Taylor (33)
· Gary Thompson (19)
· Eric Heft (12)
· John Walters (4)
Look for the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame inductees in other categories—Athletes, Games and At-Large Bids—in the coming weeks. Feel free to e-mail your comments and feedback to me at Marty@IowaSportsOpinions.com.
(Marty Gallagher founded the popular web site IowaSportsOpinions.com and now publishes IowaPrepsToday.com. E-mail him at Marty@IowaSportsOpinions.com.)