Congratulations to Bob Trumpy, who is the winner of the Pete Rozelle Award given to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in NFL broadcasting.
Trumpy was one of many on how to be a broadcast professional. I remember my first game covering the Reds in 1979. The media huddled into Manager John Mc Namara's office where I called him Coach. He was not happy. I told Trump about it and told me to go right down the next day and apologize....I did....all ended well.
Trump was the one who gave me my nickname, SEG. #### eatin' grin. Everyone had a nickname at the station and he came up with SEG.
Trump was a wonderful guy to know and work with. I will be forever be in his debt on what he taught me about broadcasting. Listening to sportscasts and taking his advice. When he talked, YOU listened.
He was a true professional broadcast in every sense of the word. He prepared for an NFL game every week for hours. It was great to see him on TV each Sunday knowing I worked with him.
I got to work with Trump and Doug Kidd on Sportstalk on 700 WLW over the years and it was work and fun at the same time. Learning the business from Trump was great. I would not have been able to met some many famous sports personalities if it wasn't for Trump.
Trump ....headed to Canton in August. Well deserved. Hall of Famer. Congrats.
UNTOLD STORY OF THE SEG-MAN
I was hired at 700WLW in 1978 and started out producing helicopter traffic reports when the station had the helicopter. I worked my way up and started helping out in the newsroom, covering stories, writing copy, etc. Then got into sports with the help of legends Andy Macï¿½Williams and Bob Trumpy. I then moved up to help out Sportstalk and been doing sports ever since. Trumpy actually gaveï¿½me my famous nicknameï¿½"SEG." Going to Northern Kentucky University started my career on the radio. Great people at NKUï¿½especially Dick Murgatroyd, the former executive producer of the Bob Braun Show among others. Murg taught me right.
I have covered the Reds, Bengals, Bearcats, Muskateers, RedHawks, etc since the 1980's. I have been blessed to get to know some great sports stars over the years. Its been great to work with Trump, Cris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason and Andy Furman on Sportstalk over the years.ï¿½I have been in the Reds Radio booth for 30 years learning from Marty Brenamann and the late Joe Nuxhall, along with Jeff Brantley and Thomï¿½Brenamann.ï¿½Each game in the booth has been special.ï¿½
My love for auto racing started in 1978 following the late and great Dale Earnhardt, Sr plus my first trip to the Indy 500 that same year. I have also been blessed to meet some great people in the world of motorsports.
I wentï¿½to highï¿½school at Colerain and graduated in 1976. From there, it was off to NKU and outï¿½in 1980. Iï¿½live in Middletown with wife, Denise along with step daughter, Rachel. I am blessed to have three grandchildren from my other stepdaughter Sarah.ï¿½Our dog, Emma, passed away on Jan 4, 2007 after 14 years as the best dog and friend in the world.ï¿½