The community remembers the legend of sports broadcasting from Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – A Celebration of Life has been held to honor the life of Toledo sports broadcast legend Jerry Keil.

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

Keil spent almost all 50 years broadcasting in Toledo and was the sports director of WSPD radio. He has also been an announcer for the area’s high school football and basketball games.

For more than three decades at WSPD, Keil was the “voice of rockets” for University of Toledo football and basketball games. He has hosted UT’s “Rocket Country”, as well as producing and hosting weekly UT Coaching shows on WSPD Radio. Keil has advertised Mid-American football and basketball tournament games, as well as NCAA and NIT tournament games.

“He loved people and he loved his job,” said Sharon Keil, Jerry Keil’s showcase. “He loved broadcasting and he felt so blessed. He always said, “the good Lord gave me a voice and the ability to speak fast”, and without it he didn’t feel like he would have been a broadcaster.

Keil was 83 years old.

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