Feature: Kent Pavelka relishes 1,000th Husker broadcast
One thousand calls, one thousand memories.
On Sunday, longtime Husker broadcaster Kent Pavelka called his 1000th Nebraska game, adding a new milestone to a storied career behind the microphone.
"I mean it seems like a blur," Pavelka said. "1974 seems like yesterday."
1974. 44 years, three venues, and plenty of memorable moments for Husker Radio's longest-tenured voice. It was only fitting, then, that Pavelka would follow his mentor - Lyell Bremser, the legendary former voice of a Husker Football era that included the program's first two national championships. Both spent the better part of a half century behind the mic for the Big Red.
"When I was doing football with Bremser, it wasn't lost on me that he had been around for 40-plus years," Pavelka said. "I saw how people appreciated him and my fleeting thought on more than one occasion was you know this is where I want to be and it wouldn't be bad to do your whole career here. There's something to be said for that, you know I've been really lucky."
He relived his greatest memories with Channel 8 Eyewitness News before Sunday's win over Illinois. Hear from head coach Tim Miles and color commentator Jake Muhlheisen as they discuss just how much Pavelka has meant to the Nebraska Basketball program, and recount some of the best moments from an illustrious 44-year career.