Bob Blum is the godfather of sports broadcasting in Southern Nevada. A native of South Bend, IN, he attended the University of Notre Dame. Blum served in the Air Force and moved west to California following World War II.
During his 23-year stint in the Bay Area, Blum’s voice graced numerous broadcasts. In addition to his work with broadcasts for the San Jose State University and University of Santa Clara football and basketball teams, he broadcasted games for Major League Baseball and National Football League franchises, including the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
He arrived in Las Vegas in 1973 and began to broadcast UNLV Rebels football, basketball, baseball and Lady Rebels basketball games. He is now in his 20th season as the Voice of Lady Rebel Basketball. In February of 2006, Blum broadcast his 1,000th UNLV sports event. In all, he has been a part of more than 3,000 events, ranging from high school, college and professional events.
Throughout his career, Blum was honored on numerous occasions. In 1998, he was honored at the All-American Football Foundation banquet as its recipient of the Lindsay Nelson Sportscaster Award honoring individuals for lifetime achievement in the field of sports broadcasting. In 2003, Blum was named Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He is also a member of UNLV’s Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2000.
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Blum worked with the Las Vegas 51’s and was part of the organization since 1984.
Blum passed away in 2012 at the age of 91.
Born: October 01, 1920
Claim to Fame: Blum broadcasted more than 3,000 events in his career, ranging from high school, college and professional events.
Family: Brother (Jack); Sister (Bettylee)