Community remembers local broadcast legend
When the Frankfort Community Redbirds boys basketball team takes on Anna-Jonesboro they’ll be doing so with heavy hearts.
For the first time in 42 years, Hall of Fame broadcaster Bruce Fasol won’t be calling the game.
The press box at Max Morris Gymnasium sits empty, but if you listen closely you can still hear the energy of Bruce Fasol, who inspired generations of Redbirds.
“I went to my first game with my dad when I was two weeks old,” said Tara Fasol-Chambers. “He held me while he broadcast the game.”
“His announcing just got you going, and made you wanted to really want to get out there,” said Garrett Karoski.
“Even when I grew up we’d be home listening to the ball games when we couldn’t travel to Centralia, or Mt. Vernon, we’d be home listening to the games,” said Richard Glodich.
However, Fasol’s influence went beyond the game.
“When we had kids that needed coats he would provide them,” said Glodich. “He had a program called ‘Coats for Kids’ and Bruce and Rick Westermeier his longtime partner of 36 years started that program. They were able to get a lot of coats for kids, and not just coats, but clothes and other things.”
Fasol called Max Morris Gymnasium the “Supreme Court”.
Many lives he touched will continue to fill the seats, but it won’t be the same according to many around the community.
“If they pack this place with 3,000 people it’s going to be an empty lonely place for me for awhile because the man who loved it the most is not going to be here anymore,” said Fasol-Chambers.