Jul 11 2022
Bruce Haertl in Denver, Colorado
This edition of the Life of Fitz podcast features host Tim Fitzgerald calling his friend and media colleague Bruce Haertl in Denver Colorado. Haertl is a living legend in Kansas media. He is a 33-year veteran in the sports television industry, spending most of his career in Wichita at KWCH after getting into the world of sports media at KFH-Wichita. Haertl landed Denver’s FOX31 and Channel 2 in May of 2016, after four years of freelance play-by-play. During that time he did college basketball, baseball, and softball games for ESPN, Fox, Cox, the Missouri Valley Conference Network, Sooner Sports TV (University of Oklahoma TV Network), and Oral Roberts Basketball Network. In addition, Haertl spent 10 years on the Kansas State Football Radio Network and for 15 seasons was the television voice of Wichita State basketball and baseball. A former baseball player at Wichita State, Haertl broke into the television industry as Sports Director at KWCH in Wichita in October of 1984, a job that he would hold for 28 years. In that time, he covered three World Series, seven College World Series, seven Final Fours, 24 NCAA Tournaments, 19 bowl games (including four BCS games) – in between, he’s never lost his love for telling stories. In fact, Haertl continue to co-host a daily radio talk show, despite being located in Denver, on Wichita's KFH. Bruce is a member of the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and is married to Sarah, they have four children – Bo, Evie, Jake and Kate.
Tim Fitzgerald is a sports journalist who writes, does TV, radio and is a long-time podcaster. He has served as publisher of GoPowercat.com, a website that focuses on Kansas State sports, for nearly 25 years. Fitz also has stage four prostate cancer, so during the initial stages of the pandemic, his doctors have advised him to stay home and lay low. Now, Fitz is healthy and in remission, but his podcast lives on. Welcome to his life and the Life of Fitz podcast.
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