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Laskowski leaves KOTA radio

Cindy Davis

His blend of facts and humor makes for interesting listening, and no one can deny his gift for gab, but it wasn't always that way.

When Bob Laskowski started in broadcasting back in 1962, fresh out of Brown Institute, he was a little wet behind the ears.

"I had been on the radio, but this was my first time on TV. I was as stiff as a board, I was so nervous," said Laskowski. 

"And we had this rubber chicken that we strung on the set," said co-worker Monte Loos.

He left Rapid City shortly after and moved to Nebraska, where he spent nine years, and met his wife, Sandy.

He came back in 1971 to a job opening at Duhamel Broadcasting.

Around that same time, Rapid City's Dick Green was making it big in the major leagues as the 2nd baseman for Oakland A's.

Laskowski not only got the opportunity to interview Green that year, but was later invited to cover the A's in the 1973 World Series.

"I went down to the field before the game and talked to Dick Green, and its time for the World Series, and the manager is calling him to get down to the dugout for the pre-game meeting, and he said no, I'm talking to Bob Laskowski."

He worked for KOTA until 1984, then was lured to a competing station.

"Then I had the golden opportunity to come back to KOTA in 1998."

For the last eight years, Laskowski has co-hosted KOTA's morning radio program with Don Grant.

"We play off each other pretty well.   I was the straight guy, he's the funny man.   I was the guy who would be down the middle, not getting us in trouble, countering Bob," said Grant. 

In his career, he's been named the South Dakota Sportscaster of the Year six times, and last spring, was awarded the Black Hills Advertising Federation silver medal for outstanding community service.

But next week, he'll hang up his headphones and head to Sioux Falls to be closer to family.

"We want to be at grandparents day, we want to be at the dance recitals and to do that, we have to be closer to them, but I don't want to have to leave South Dakota."

And he says he won't forget his West River roots.

"Bob Laskowski, the old sportscaster, rounding third and heading for home."

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