Dave Hunziker is in his 17th season as “Voice of the Cowboys” for Oklahoma State University football and men’s basketball. Hunziker’s “Pistols Firing, touchdown Oklahoma State!” call has become a nationally recognized exclamation of Cowboy scores. His exciting, yet conversational style has made him popular with Oklahoma State fans of all ages. He was named the 2013 Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and also earned the 2010 Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award.
Hunziker has enjoyed more than 28 years on the air in college athletics, including the past 25 seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He served as “Voice of the Highlanders,” at Radford University in Radford, VA., from 1992-2000, and served as the first television play-by-play voice of the Big South Conference from 1996-2000. He spent the 2000-01 season as the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Hunziker is also adjunct instructor in the Paul Miller School of Media & Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State. He teaches the advanced level course, “Sports Announcing,” which focuses on the basic elements of play-by-play announcing and emphasizes the importance of excellent writing skills as a precursor to success as a sports announcer. The course also offers instruction regarding network organization, broadcast sales, and television anchoring and reporting. He also serves as camp director for the Oklahoma State University Sports Media Camp, which offers a weekend of broadcasting and writing experiences for high school and first-year college students from across America.
He has also served as the official spokesperson for the Oklahoma State University Coaches vs. Cancer campaign. The OSU campaign has raised more than $1 million during its existence and annually tops the Big 12 Conference in dollars raised. Hunziker was one of the founders of the OSU Coaches vs. Cancer “Cowboy Classic” golf tournament, which brings together OSU coaches and celebrities each year. The tournament has raised more than $200,000 during its brief existence.
Also, Hunziker has served as spokesman for Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., an organization that markets Oklahoma State’s world-class wheat varieties to the farmers of the plains. He has traveled to various locations in the state to help spread the message regarding OSU’s outstanding wheat breeding program. He was recognized by Oklahoma Genetics with its “Legacy Award” recognizing his dedication and unrelenting commitment to production agriculture and the seed industry of Oklahoma.
Hunziker earned his first broadcasting position at age 17 as a part-time sports announcer and disc jockey at KMEM-FM in Memphis, Mo. He covered local news events and got his first taste of radio sports play-by-play during his three years at KMEM, working primarily in the summer, on weekends, and during college breaks.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Hunziker landed his first full-time announcing job at KFRU-AM in Columbia, Mo. He served as play-by-play announcer for Columbia Rock Bridge High School sports and Columbia College athletics. He was also the host of a nightly sports talk show.
The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize an influential male and a female premier athlete for their success in their sport, and more importantly, for being positive role models who give back to their communities – not only by donating to worthy causes, but by being personally dedicated and involved in their chosen charities.
The awards are named after Henry P. Iba, former Oklahoma State University basketball coach and coach of three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He was an unparalleled success as a coach, a leader and a citizen and these awards recognize and honor athletes who best exemplify a high degree of citizenship in his image.
This year’s recipients and the keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.
The prestigious black-tie-optional event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on June 18, 2018. Its presenting sponsor is Tom Rinehart. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, which supports local and area non-profits benefitting young people and the club’s International Projects Committee.
For table sponsorship information, contact the Rotary Club of Tulsa at 918-584-7642 or online at ibaawards.com.