Iowa Alumni Magazine | December 2006 | People

Shining Star: Bob Miller

By Kelly Stavnes

It's a long way from sunny Kinnick Stadium to the bright lights of Hollywood. However, UI alum Bob Miller has bridged the gap.

Bob Miller Bob Miller, center, earned his star on Hollywood Boulevard's walk of Fame this past fall after nearly 50 years as a sports broadcaster.

This past fall, Miller, 60BA, joined the ranks of the world's most famous celebrities when he received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. After friends and colleagues delivered heartfelt speeches and the star was unveiled, Miller kneeled down to inspect the five-pointed milestone of his long, successful career as a sports announcer.

Miller, who once covered Hawkeye football and basketball for the student radio station WSUI, is now in his 34th season as play-by-play announcer for the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings. In that time, he has earned many kudos—including having the Kings' press box named in his honor and being inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame. His voice also echoes beyond the broadcasting booth through roles in popular films such as The Mighty Ducks (I and II) and Rollerball, and in television shows such as Cheers.

Miller joins several L.A.-area sportscasters who boast Walk of Fame stars. The L.A. Kings nominated him for his accomplishments and long service to a local team, and a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce committee approved his selection. His star occupies a high-profile location near the Hollywood Wax Museum, four spots from that of long-time Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, who helped Miller launch his career in L.A.

Miller says he's proud of his years with one team, especially in an industry where people seldom make the commitment to stay in one place. Although close to retirement, Miller plans to keep announcing for at least another four years, which will give him an impressive 50 years in the broadcast business.

"As long as I can't wait to get the season started each fall, I'll keep going," he says. "It's still exciting to visit various cities and to be in the arena on game night—it makes me feel young."