Mention the name Bob Chase to people from Fort Wayne and most will recognize him as the well-known and well-loved Voice of the Komets.
Chase began announcing Komet Hockey games on WOWO AM 1190 radio in 1953 and hasn’t missed a season since.
After serving in the Navy during WWII, Chase began his radio career in Marquette, Michigan, in 1949 at Northern Michigan University where he attended.
After accepting a position as a member of the WOWO radio staff, Chase served as sports director, general on-air voice and afternoon show host during the 1960s. During his career, he interviewed Elvis Presley, Vice President Dan Quayle, Bob Hope, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Wayne Gretzky. He has also called seven Komets playoff championships.
In 2009 Chase retired as Sports Director of WOWO Radio but continues broadcasting Fort Wayne Komets games.
For his efforts Chase has received high honors. He is a recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash award. He is also a member of the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Fort Wayne Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1993 Chase was honored for his 40th season with the team during a ceremony in which the number 40 was retired with his name and added to a list of retired Komet jersey numbers.
In 2009 the International Hockey League named Chase the IHL Broadcaster of the Year. In addition, Chase has written a book about his hockey career — Live From Radio Rinkside, the Bob Chase Story (Authorhouse).
Chase resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Muriel (Murph). Bob and Muriel have four children; Michael, Kurt, Karin and David.
Just one more reason to love the great tradition of Fort Wayne Komet Hockey!