Working in a profession where deft description of sports action is essential and silence isn’t golden, Bob Lund was uncharacteristically speechless when told of his induction into the Keene State alumni athletic hall of fame.
“I was speechless and stunned,” said Lund, reflecting on the news. “I don’t know if I’m deserving of the honor. It’s very humbling.”
The voice of the Owls, Lund has brought Keene State and local college and high school sports action to the Monadnock area during his award-winning 35 years in radio and as a writer for several print media. Lund, who grew up playing sports on the ball fields of Keene and later at Keene High and Keene State, has been a strong advocate for local sports athletes and teams. Currently heard on WEEI 93.5, Lund’s passion for the areas sports resonates in the air waves with his play-by-play calls and daily sports reports.
Lund’s ascension as the predominant voice of sports in the area is a local boy makes good story. Delaying his degree to work in the family business, Lund, after graduation, initially wanted to work as a teacher-coach. But destiny would put him behind the mike.
One game a scorekeeper, the next a color commentator, Lund quickly caught the broadcasting bug. “It was my escape from the business,” Lund said. “I knew for those two hours no one could bother me.”
Working as full-time sportscaster since the mid-80’s Lund became a broadcaster not only for all seasons, but for all teams. From Keene to Conval and Franklin Pierce to Keene State, Lund brought high school and college sports to the region’s sports fans.
Through his encouragement and work, the Owls hit the airwaves in both Division II and Division III. His broadcast partners might have changed over the years, but Lund was always there to deliver the action. “There was a sense of pride in all the sports he covered,” said Phil Hebert,” who shared the mike with Lund for a couple of years. “He’d sometimes get there even before the teams to set up and prepare for his broadcast.”
When the mike went on, so did Bob Lund’s emotion. “I don’t know any other way,” he said. “I can talk a good game. When you have the passion for something, you never lose it.”
When asked about his most memorable KSC broadcast highlights, Lund readily recalls the three-point shooting clinic put by Dave Stantial at Plymouth and a stunning alee-oop slam by Matt Wheeler in the team’s elite season of 2004 against the University of Rochester.
“There’s a lot of pride in broadcasting games of your alma-mater and letting people know that KSC is for real and has quality athletic programs,” Lund said.
While Lund is proud of his many honors that he’s received over the year, including 16 Golden Mics awards, he has taken special pleasure in conveying the accomplishments of area athletes. “There’s a lot of great kids out there and to be able to broadcasts their games or make note of them in my sportscasts is my way of promoting the positive things that take place in the community.”
“My primary thought is the listener. I’m the eyes and the ears of the people who can’t be there,” Lund said. “I never thought this would be a full time job. It’s a dream come true.”