PAYING TRIBUTE: Fans Mourn Loss Of Zabel

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Hawkeye fans and Iowans are mourning the loss of legendary broadcaster Jim Zabel, a voice many people grew up with.

Zabel’s voice and personality filled Iowa homes through radio and television since the 1940s. He started working at WHO Radio in 1944, replacing Ronald Reagan.

Known as the “Voice of Iowa”, Zabel broadcasted for every Iowa football and basketball game for 50 year, including five Rose Bowl games.

His career at WHO Radio and WHO-TV spanned 65 years, including acting as host for Beat the Bear.

Zabel died Thursday afternoon, at his home in Arizona. He was 91 years old.

Zabel said he always had fun with what he was doing and he hoped his listeners did too.

Many of his fans are sharing their memories of “Z” on our Facebook page. You can leave your memories and condolences here and take a look at some of the thoughts that have already been posted below.