Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College Athletics is extremely saddened to hear of the sudden passing of longtime Bantam football and ice hockey radio voice Bob Parzych '76 yesterday at the age of 64. Parzych hosted his show, The Kitchen Sink of Jazz, on WRTC-FM for 47 years and shared his extraordinary passion for Trinity Athletics by regularly incorporating Bantam coaches, administrators, and student-athletes into the programming on Monday afternoons. His last sports interview on WRTC was a few weeks ago with Trinity Athletic Director Drew Galbraith.
"Trinity has been one of the few Division III teams in the Northeast to continue airing its games on the radio in addition to its internet broadcasts, and the sole reason for that is Bob Parzych," said Galbraith. "There was nothing that he would not do to help get the word out about all the successes, on and off the playing fields and courts, of Trinity's student-athletes. We have lost a trusted advocate for the Bantam sports program and a dear friend."
A former football player and assistant coach for the Bantams under Don Miller, Parzych led the Trinity sports broadcasting team on the campus radio station from the mid-1970's to last year, and his calls had become a staple of the Bantam sports culture. WRTC aired countless football, men's and women's ice hockey, and men's and women's basketball games over the last four decades, and Parzych was the instrumental factor in the lasting success of the broadcasts.
"Our fans loved listening to Bob Parzych passionately call our games on the radio and on wrtcfm.com," said Trinity Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney. "He was a unique treasure as the voice of Bantam football, and he also did so much more to promote Trinity through his studio show. We are grateful for everything Bob did for us as a player, a coach, and a broadcaster, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family."
Parzych earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity in political science and government in 1976 and was awarded a master's degree in education in 1982. The Kitchen Sink of Jazz was one of the longest-running shows of its kind in Connecticut and perhaps the only one to feature a monthly sports interview. While his shoes will never be filled, a number of WRTC hosts will be "sitting in" on The Kitchen Sink of Jazz on July 23 to celebrate the memory of Parzych and his indelible mark at WRTC and the metro-Hartford airwaves.
"I can't imagine a more passionate fan or a more enthusiastic promoter of the Bantam sports teams than Bob Parzych," said Trinity Director of Sports Communications David Kingsley. "Trinity has truly lost a magical part of its history."