Jack Dale Has Passed Away
Those of us at Sportsradio 1340 The Fan have learned this evening that broadcasting legend Jack Dale has passed away after his battle with cancer.
Services are still pending at this hour for the memorial service and we will keep you up to date on the details.
Texas Tech University released a statement late Friday night echoing our sadness on Jack's passing.
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance
"Texas Tech has lost a legend. For fifty years Jack Dale's voice conveyed stories of games won and lost, and we will forever be in his debt for all of those memories.
"I had the pleasure to meet Jack when I was a Saddle Tramp, and I've considered him a good friend ever since. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jack's family and the entire Red Raider community."
Texas Tech President Dr. Guy Bailey
On behalf of Texas Tech University, I want to extend our condolences to the Jack Dale family. Jack spent most of his life serving Texas Tech and etched his name in the hearts of generations of Red Raider fans who tuned in to hear him call a game. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of a kind.
Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt on behalf of the Texas Tech Department of Athletics
For so many people, Jack Dale represented a very deep and emotional connection to Texas Tech sports. His detailed accounts gave fans what felt like front row seats every time the Red Raiders hit the football field or took to the basketball court. He was genuine and his words captivated generations of Red Raider fans who will forever be grateful.
I had the tremendous pleasure of meeting Jack on a couple of occasions since coming to Tech and I found him to be a true gentlemen. Red Raider Nation mourns the loss of a true legend who will not be forgotten.
Former Director of Athletics Gerald Myers
I always thought of Jack Dale as the consummate professional announcer. He called the game. He didn’t question the officials and he never questioned strategy. He just called the game.
I had great respect for Jack. We didn’t always have the best team but we always had the very best announcer. I was always so proud to have him because he was one of the best at his job and was always 100-percent professional.
Jack was a man of high integrity and honesty and was a tremendous asset to Texas Tech Athletics.
In those days, games weren’t televised like they are now and Jack had a way of making games very real to the listeners. He brought Texas Tech football and basketball into people’s living rooms and became a household name.
I consider him a great friend and I will miss him.