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Charles R. Kearns - WKTY

03/01/1981, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born January 3, 1924 in Marshalltown, Iowa

Attended Shell Lake High School, Graduate of Superior College, Superior, Wisconsin 1947 Brown Institute of The Air, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1948

For thirty-two years Charlie has been covering high school and college sports for WKTY in LaCrosse. In this time he covered more than 600 football games and 2,500 basketball games. He has originated football and basketball broadcasts from around 90 different cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, North and South Dakota, and Florida.

He covered the North and South all-star football games dating back when they were played at old city stadium in Green Bay. He covered two Cigar Bowl games and has done play by play of Boxing, Track, and Golf. In his years as a sportscaster he has done 15 state basketball tournaments at Milwaukee for WISSA and 30 state tournaments at Madison for WIAA.

He has covered girls basketball including state tournaments for both WISSA and WIAA.

He has done thousands of interviews with pro, college, and high school coaches, athletic directors, principals, players, and fans.

Charlie has received the following awards: Greater Chamber of La Crosse, Speak up for La Crosse Award in 1972; Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Defender of the Flag Plaque Award in .1973; Coulee Region Officials Association Voice of Coulee Athletics Plaque in 1978; 1968 Stars of Tomorrow Baseball Tournament Plaque; Parade Marshall 1974 Octoberfest Maple Leaf Parade, La Crosse Quarterback Club service award for 25 years of continuous membership and service plaque, 1975; Service to Aquinas High School Plaque; La Crosse Downtown Quarterback of the Year Plaque 1964; Distinguished service to high school athletics plaque, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association 1979.

Charlie is a true promoter of high school football and his support has been a real contribution that deserves recognition in the Hall of Fame.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame