On Monday night, the University of Kansas received unfortunate news regarding legendary broadcaster Max Falkenstien. The iconic “Voice of the Jayhawks” passed away at the age of 95.
During his time at Kansas, Falkenstien called both football and basketball games for the program. His first broadcast for the Jayhawks too place March 18, 1946.
After serving as the play-by-play commentator for 39 years, Falkenstien took the color commentator role to make room for Bob Davis.
Falkenstien retired from the broadcasting booth back in 2006. However, his retirement didn’t prevent him from remaining a prominent figure for the athletic department.
Kansas posted a heartwarming video on its Twitter account that features a montage of Falkenstien’s greatest moments.
Check it out:
"Statistics are for the record book but friendships are for life."
— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) July 30, 2019
“I’ve known Max since 1985, and back then, even being young in the profession, I quickly realized that Max was as big a part of the great history of KU basketball and football as the players and coaches were,” Bill Self said in a press release. “He was an absolute joy to be around, and he will be remembered as an absolute treasure. He was loved by everyone. His personal touch made every fan, player coach and administrator feel they were part of the KU family. I hope Max realized the positive impact he had on KU and everyone connected with it. He’ll be missed, but his legacy will never be forgotten.”
Hopefully, the Jayhawks can honor Falkenstien with successful seasons on the hardwood and gridiron.
Our thoughts are with Max Falkenstien’s family and friends during this time.