Community remembers Toledo’s sports broadcasting legend

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – A Celebration of Life was held to honor the life of Toledo’s sports broadcaster Jerry Keil.

Family and friends gathered in Highland Meadows, Sylvania on Saturday, August 21, 2021 to honor Keil, who passed away in February 2020.

Keil spent nearly every 50 years broadcasting in Toledo and was the sports director at WSPD Radio. He was also a play-by-play announcer for high school football and basketball games.

For over three decades, Keil was the “voice of the rockets” at the WSPD for the football and basketball games at the University of Toledo. He hosted UT’s “Rocket Country” and produced and hosted weekly UT coaching shows on WSPD radio. Keil announced mid-American football and basketball tournament games, as well as NCAA and NIT tournament games.

“He loved people and he enjoyed his job,” said Sharon Keil, the Jerry Keil mannequin. “He loved sending and he felt so blessed. He always said, ‘God gave me a voice and the ability to speak quickly,’ and without that he didn’t feel like a broadcaster. “

Keil was 83 years old.

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