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We are sad to report the death of Bob Spangler. Bob died early Monday morning, August 25th Bob had been on the air at KNPT since His love of High School sports, and the Newport Cubs won him recognition locally, across the state and nationally too.
Share your memories of Bob. He was The entire Bob Spangler Memorial Service is on www. Please click the link below to view the video.
After graduating from high school in , he joined the U. As a sergeant in charge of reconnaissance unit in the 43rd cavalry under the command of General George S. After pitching 2 seasons with the Padres, Bob decided to give up baseball, and pursue a broadcasting career.
He rejoined his family, now in Oregon, where he attended Oregon State University for 2 years.
During his time at OSU, he starred as a pitcher for the Albany Alcos semi-professional baseball team. He later graduated from Northwest School of Broadcasting of Portland.
In , Bob married Barbara Bussard of Albany. As the voice of the Newport Cubs, he called thousands of high school sports contests where he covered more than 3 generations of Newport high School athletes. For every road game, Bob would receive only a line by line box score giving just the basic facts of an inning.
He literally made up the rest…complete with bat on ball sound, crowd noise and other sound effects.
His recreations performed in the studio were so convincing that man listeners did not realize he was not actually at the ball park. Bob returned full time to KNPT in In , Bob married Bernie Johnson in Newport.
She died in All rights reserved.