Emporia State Special Collections and Archives presented a discussion with KVOE Sports Director Greg Rahe on his over thirty-year career in broadcasting Hornet athletics.

“In addition to showcasing athletes and coaches in the exhibit, we are highlighting those kinds of people who help to create the athletics experience and certainly broadcasting is a big part of that,” said Rebekka Curry, public services supervisor. “When we are thinking about developing exhibits, one of the first things we focus on is what kind of experience do we want people to have. So we really wanted to showcase what a powerhouse ESU athletics has been especially for a school of this size.”

As the one to interview Rahe, Curry said that even as exhibits come and go they hopefully have a lasting impact. 

“It’s always a little sad when you take it all down and we have this bare little exhibit hall until we install the next exhibit, but I do think that there is a sense that people have learned something from this. Maybe they’ve been moved to explore something they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Curry said. “It’s a little sad, but you also know that it had an impact.”

Kent Weiser, the athletic director at ESU said that while technology has made live game results available at our fingertips there is no replacement for hearing someone you know get excited in real-time about the game.

“There are more ways to follow games today than there was 10, 20  years ago even but there is no replacement for hearing a guy like Greg over the radio,” Weiser said. “Greg would come down several times a week to meet with the coaches and new players to be able to add that player/coach dynamic into his insight so that when there is a timeout or halftime not only can he say what’s happening but who is making it happen.”

According to Weiser it is not uncommon for schools in Division II to have to pay a lot for their own broadcasters, but through ESU’s partnership with KVOE and other sponsors Rahe has been covering Hornet athletics for decades at no charge.

“Division II schools often have to pay for broadcasters, but we are lucky enough that KVOE has always seen the value in working with our program,” Weiser said. “Greg has put on more miles than anyone I can think of in covering Hornet athletics.”

With over 30 years of history working at KVOE, Rahe said that the pandemic has really shown people the importance of staying engaged.

“I grew up listening to games on the radio always thinking it would be neat to be one of those broadcasters” Rahe said. “If people cannot be there for one reason or another, sure they can follow scores online, but you don’t get that feel of what it might really be like play to play or what’s going on overall in a game. Radio is obviously the way to go to get that intimacy of the action even if you can’t be there you can picture yourself in the stadium.”

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