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Bob Kennedy, longtime Ohio State stadium announcer, dead at 59

COLUMBUS — Bob Kennedy, known as “the voice of the ‘Shoe,” has died at the age of 59, as confirmed by The Ohio State University’s Athletics Department spokesperson.

Kennedy was an active PA announcer for the Buckeyes and served as “the voice” for the past 23 years, according to the Ohio State Universities’ sports website.

In addition to working as an announcer for OSU’s football team, he also announced baseball, field hockey, women’s hockey, men’s and women’s volleyball, soccer, and swimming and diving for the university.

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In a release from OSU, they say Kennedy was scheduled to announce the Ohio State baseball game Sunday afternoon against the University of Illinois but did not show up.

Offices with the university reached out to authorities to conduct a wellness check at Kennedy’s home. Shortly later, law enforcement reached out to the athletic department to inform them about his passing.

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“Bob had a big heart, and he loved his Buckeyes. And, he loved his PA jobs,” Jerry Emig, associate AD for communications, said. “He was a true professional at his craft and a friend to us all. He knew the local media, our administrators, coaches, and student-athletes, and he certainly knew the histories well of many Ohio State sports, and he loved to talk about them.”

In a social post on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ page, they said Kennedy will be missed. “Bob a big heart and he loved his Buckeyes. He was a true professional at his craft and a friend to us all.”


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