Terry Walters, the voice of Newton High football and basketball on KCOB Radio, is one of two recipients of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association’s 2017-18 Outstanding Sports Media Award.
Award honorees will be recognized at the 50th annual IHSADA State Convention, March 24-27, 2018. The Outstanding Service Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Marriott in Coralville.
“It’s a nice honor,” Walters said. “It’s fun to be appreciated by an organization such as the IHSADA but also by the coaches you deal with day in and day out.”
Walters became the sports director of KCOB AM and FM in July 1990. He has the daily morning show for KCOB AM and FM where he calls informational programing. Walters provides the play-by-play for Newton High football and basketball games.
“I’m going with the Newton boys’ basketball team last year as the most memorable. What they did was really special and how the community supported them on the run to the state tournament,” Walters said. “It was fun at Wells Fargo Arena and watching them give Iowa City West all it could handle. The past two years with the football has been fun also.”
Walters grew up in Cedar Rapids and graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids. He went on to earn a college degree from Iowa State University.
“The worse decision I made was I gave up on math in high school. I regretted that when I got to college and math was too complicated for me there,” Walters said. “I had planned to go into accounting or a business profession. I turned to journalism and broadcasting.”
His first radio job was in Charles City where Walters said he did a bit of everything at KCHA. Walters said he had decided to give up broadcasting, move to Kansas City and work with some friends there.
“Just as I was about to climb into my car, I got a call from Frosty Mitchell, who owned KGRN in Grinnell. I went to work for him then when he sold the station I went to work at KOBE in Oskaloosa for Frank Liebl of the Newton Development Corporation. Frank bought the Newton radio station, and I came up here with him,” Walters said.
Walters and his wife, Donna, live in Ankeny. She is a CPA and both are Iowa State graduates. The couple’s three children went to college at the University of Iowa.
Walters said when he is not on the air, he enjoys running and watching basketball, football and baseball on television.
“During the summer months, I love to play golf,” Walters said.
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