I’m writing to add a tribute to Bob Brooks, a man who will be sorely missed in our community and especially by sports fans. Others have reflected on his life, but none could name anyone else who, at the age of 89, exhibited the kind of energy, passion, and love of the game that Brooks brought to his long career as a sports announcer. Our MC22 TV crew was privileged to work closely with Brooks since 2005. He never missed a month with the “Brooks on Sports” show we produced and televised on Mediacom. He consistently gave his statewide audience insightful interviews with Hawkeye coaches and players, professional athletes from Iowa who made it to the MLB and NFL; and student athletes in high school and youth sports. Until just recently, Brooks was planning to work as game announcer for our MC22 broadcast of the Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game.
What many readers don’t know is that he poured his soul into a special documentary titled “Faith, Family, Football — the Spirit of Iowa.” It featured the communities of Parkersburg and New Hartford and the resilience exhibited after devastating tornadoes and then the tragic death of a legendary football coach. The 90-minute documentary was produced by our Cedar Rapids Mediacom team, and Brooks shared our pride when it was recognized with a regional Emmy award in 2010. Now we’re producing a special “Brooks on Sports” tribute hosted by Rob Brooks and Gary Dolphin, coming to MC22 TV in early July.
Jeff A. Anderson, executive producer
MC22 TV, Mediacom