Tuesday, May 08, 2012

UNO Hockey Announcer Terry Leahy Out at KKAR/1620

Word out of Omaha's NRG Media is that Terry Leahy was let go from his job at KKAR-1290 AM and KOZN-1620 AM ("The Zone") this week. Leahy has been the color commentator for UNO hockey since day 1, following the broadcasts from KFAB-1110 AM the first five years to KKAR.  After the broadcasts left KKAR, Leahy continued to work on both 1290 and 1620 while announcing the games on UNO's campus station KVNO-90.7 FM for two years, then 96.1 The Brew-FM last season.

Now he's out of his full time job, meaning that it's the first time in thirty years that Leahy hasn't been on the air in Omaha.  His career started with WOW 590-AM, and then spent over 15 years at KFAB-1110 AM covering both the news as well as Nebraska football, then UNO hockey.  He followed UNO hockey to KKAR, where he had worked for over 10 years. He's an Omaha institution in radio, and seems to be well respected.

Here's a quick hope that Leahy finds a home, perhaps back at KFAB.  Sad timing on this; KFAB just hired a new news anchor a few weeks ago, and would have been a good fit to return back, especially considering that Clear Channel owns both KFAB and 96.1 The Brew.  Hopefully when he finds that next job it'll also allow him to continue with the UNO hockey broadcasts.  Leahy has become the defacto voice of UNO hockey, and it would be most disappointing if he wasn't able to continue with the broadcasts.

If you don't understand why, here's a classic clip of a great moment in UNO hockey history... "Six Seconds with Alex Nikiforuk"

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