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
  • SoundOff Debuts New Set

    As SoundOff shows off its new high tech set, a look back at previous SoundOff sets through the years.  

  • What’s Bugging Andy? An Unmerited Week of Stress for KXNO, and Its Followers

    What’s Bugging Andy Fales this week? That corporations often don’t understand what matters to local communities until it’s too late. Fortunately, i-Heart got the message–just in the nick of time.

  • Des Moines Lincoln Changes Culture, Then Comes Together for Teammate

    The Des Moines Lincoln boys have a goal of winning the Metro basketball title, but the Railsplitters haven’t had a winning season in 12 years. The program underwent a culture change thanks to the Senior class. One of those Seniors is playing for something more than just wins. John Sears has the inspiring story.

  • Kansas Humbles Iowa State at Hilton

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self grinned instead of perspiring following the No. 7 Jayhawks’ 79-53 rout over Iowa State Wednesday night. It proved to be a welcome change for the Jayhawks at Hilton Coliseum — where they had lost three of the past five meetings with the Cyclones, including a 77-60 setback last season. “This was the only time I can really remember when we got out of here and we’re not sweating or like last year, […]

  • Drake Bulldogs Win Battle of Co-Champs

    In a battle of last year’s Missouri Valley Co-Champions, Drake turned back Loyola, 65-62. Liam Robbins had the flu, but it did not slow Drake’s big man. In fact, he had a career night: 20 points, 9 rebounds, school record 7 blocks. Drake moves into a first place tie. Big win for the Dogs.

  • Southeast Polk Turns Back Ames In Girls Showdown

    In a battle of top 15 girls basketball teams, #2 Southeast Polk defeated #11 Ames, 62-53. SEP had the home court advantage, and more offense on this night.

  • What’s Bugging Andy?

    In this week’s What’s Bugging Andy?, Andy Fales is sick. Not demented, actually sick. As in cold and flu season.

  • What’s Bugging Andy? The New Year

    In the final What’s Bugging Andy of 2019, Andy is bugged by … the new year!

  • Murphy’s Law: New Appreciation for Kirk Ferentz

    In this week’s Murphy’s Law, the death of Hayden Fry brings about many emotions for Hawkeye fans, including newfound appreciation for Fry’s successor, Kirk Ferentz.

  • What’s Bugging Andy? Anyone Who Wonders Why Iowa State Out-kicked Its Bowl

    In this week’s What’s Bugging Andy?, Andy Fales says it’s no surprise Iowa State out-kicked its bowl coverage, and there are good reasons.  

  • No Mr SoundOff Sunday Night

    John Sears, also known as Mr. SoundOff, missed SoundOff Sunday night for vacation, and cameras were rolling when the production crew found out.

  • Hawkeyes Keep Streak Over Cyclones Alive

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Seniors Kathleen Doyle, Makenzie Meyer and Amanda Ollinger made certain that they’d leave Iowa without ever losing to the rival Cyclones. Doyle scored 21 points, Monika Czinano had 20 and the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State 75-69 on Wednesday, their fourth straight victory over the rival Cyclones. Meyer scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting for the Hawkeyes (7-2), who held Iowa State (6-2) to just 31.9% shooting from the floor. “I’m really happy for our three seniors. […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.