13 fascinating facts about Keith Murphy:
• I worked at Walt Disney World in High School.
• The first time I ever lost a foot race, it was to a girl. (I’m looking at you Blanche Wiggins.)
• I’ve read the sports section, while eating breakfast, with the paper propped between my cereal bowl and a gallon of milk for as long as I can remember.
• I’ve had neck, shoulder, knee, and nose surgery—all from sports related injuries.
• I moved to broadcasting after a bad concussion at college football practice my freshman year. Future NFL All-Pro Jessie Tuggle knocked the snot out of me. He’s a nice guy though, and I probably had it coming.
• I once had a fly land in my mouth during a sportscast. I coughed it up, and laughed so hard, we had to go to commercial. Fortunately there was no “You Tube” then.
• I once high jumped 6′ 4″. I also once threw two interceptions in a quarter.
• I worked at a movie theater for more than three years. My friends and I often stayed until sun-up watching films.
• I often drink a glass of half diet Pepsi/half milk. It tastes like a root beer float.
• I was “promoted” to news early in my career, but couldn’t get out fast enough after covering the Gainesville Ripper murders in 1990. I often get emails from viewers after they’ve seen old file footage of me on a national story about the killings. I’m the guy (with more hair) who looks like he should be doing sports.
• I’m actually shy. I’m an introvert who plays an extrovert on television.
• I was an Altar Boy who laughed too much, a Cub Scout who couldn’t tie knots, and a news anchor who loved sports.
• I was benched an entire game in the local Little League World Series for throwing my bat in anger after striking out. The following year I won the sportsmanship trophy. Thank you, coach Hutchinson.

Sports Director Keith Murphy joined the Channel 13 news team in 1996 and helped change what viewers expect from our local sports coverage. The old cliche is true, it’s not just scores and highlights with Keith. Sportscasts are often fun, almost always opinionated, and at times, thought-provoking. Murphy has won Iowa Sportscaster of the Year and anchored the Emmy, Associated Press, and IBNA choices for “Best Sportscast ” numerous times. He’s won Murrow and Sevareid awards for outstanding sports reporting. Keith also knows people don’t watch sportscasts because someone won awards, but he hopes it impresses old friends and classmates when they Google his name.

In addition to anchoring sports in the Channel 13 News at Six and Ten, Keith hosts Iowa’s most watched and talked about sports-based show, SoundOFF with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales, Sunday nights live at 10:35. SoundOFF is an interactive show where the fans have a voice, or at the least, a keyboard. SoundOFF, on a good night, is both informative and entertaining, even for non-sports enthusiasts. You never know what you’ll hear, or what will happen, and it usually goes beyond sports and ventures into entertainment and pop culture. SoundOFF recently celebrated its 800th show. SoundOFF is now in its 17th year, with more people watching than ever, and it keeps winning awards. We’re surprised too.

Before joining Channel 13, Murphy was Sports Director at WOI-TV in Des Moines, where in addition to anchoring sportscasts, he provided play-by-play for Cyclone basketball on ESPN and the Iowa – Iowa State football game on ABC regional television.

Keith married his best friend, Jenny. They blended families to create a modern day Brady Bunch, only with all boys and no Astro Turf, though Keith wishes he had it so he’d never have to mow. Who are we kidding… with six boys he won’t have to mow until he’s 60. When the Murphys aren’t mowing, they’re playing sports or video games, watching movies, and pulling pranks.

You can read Keith’s opinions on everything in and out of sports on his popular blog, Murphy’s Law. It’s updated at whotv.com every night.

Recent Articles
  • Cyclones Rout Ranked West Virginia

    Nothing soft about the Cyclones effort Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State never trailed #15 West Virginia, routing the Mountaineers, 93-77. Senior Donovan Jackson made sure Hilton was shown proper respect after saying it was missing in the Saturday loss to Tennessee. Jackson scored 25 points. Highlights from Michael Admire.

  • Caitlin Clark Too Much for Waukee

    #3 ranked Dowling Catholic won its top ten showdown against #8 Waukee, 71-66 in overtime. Caitlin Clark scored 37 points for Dowling. Clark is widely regarded as the top recruit in the nation for the class of 2020.

  • Murphy’s Law: University of Iowa Shoots Airball

    In this week’s Murphy’s Law, Keith Murphy says the University of Iowa lacked transparency-and shot an airball-while keeping Fran McCaffery’s contract extension quiet from the public. Murphy explains several reasons why Iowa made a mistake, and shouldn’t do it again.

  • What’s Bugging Andy? Anyone Who Doesn’t Appreciate the Power of Good Journalism

    In this week’s What’s Bugging Andy, Andy Fales says dismissive cries of Fake News can’t quiet an American truth: investigative journalism is as powerful and meaningful as ever.    

  • Cyclones Support Monte Morris

    Monte Morris returned to Iowa as a member of the NBA G-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Vipers played the Iowa Wolves Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Steve Prohm and the Cyclones showed up to support the former Iowa State star. Morris scored 21 points, had 7 rebounds, and 6 assists as his Vipers beat the Wolves, 124-114. Wes Washpun, former Panther, had 12 points for Iowa.

  • Hawkeyes Wallop Wisconsin, Win First Big Ten Home Game

    Iowa led Wisconsin from start to finish, and beat the Badgers by 18, 85-67. It’s Iowa’s first Big Ten home win of the season. The Hawks reach the midway point of the conference season 2-7. Some more facts from University of Iowa Sports Information. Iowa’s 18-point victory is over Wisconsin is its largest margin of victory since beating the Badgers by 25 points (78-53) on Jan. 11, 1997. Freshman Luka Garza posted his team-leading fourth double-double (17 points and 16 […]

  • Murphy’s Law: The Legacy of Chris Street

    In this week’s Murphy’s Law, the legacy of Chris Street.

  • What’s Bugging Andy? Pocket Squares!

    You just never know what’s going to bug Andy Fales. This week, it’s pocket squares.

  • UNI Panthers Roar Back from 16 Points Down, Beat Drake By Double Digits

    Drake led early at the McLeod Center, 29-13, but UNI pulled within three at the half. The Panthers dominated the second half and held first place Drake 23 points under its scoring average. 68-54, Panthers, the final. Michael Admire brings us highlights and interviews from Cedar Falls.

  • What’s Bugging Andy? He’s Trying To Stay Focused So He Can Remember

    In this week’s What’s Bugging Andy, Andy Fales thinks he has a good idea why NFL television ratings are down. If only Andy can remember what it was …

  • Hawkeye Win After Epic Comeback

    Iowa fell behind by 20 points at Illinois, before coming back to win, 104-97 in overtime. According to the University of Iowa Sports Information, it’s Iowa’s second largest road comeback in school history. Video from FS1/Big Ten. More game nuggets from Iowa: Tonight marked the third time in school history that Iowa rallied from at least 20 points to win a game (23 vs. Gardner-Webb in 2012 and 22 at Illinois in 1987). Iowa trailed by 20 points tonight with […]

  • Long Live the William Penn Toilet Paper Game!

    Are you familiar with The Toilet Paper Game? It’s a long-standing tradition at William Penn University in Oskaloosa. The TP fireworks display is so beloved, the Statesmen don’t mind giving up a technical foul. And Wednesday night, it only got better. William Penn beat Grand View on a buzzer-beater, 86-84. Michael Admire has more, and from many angles.