About Gary

Gary Dolphin is an American sports broadcaster. He is the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football and men’s basketball teams for Learfield Sports and the Iowa Hawkeye Sports Network. He has served in that role since December 1996. Gary grew up in Cascade, Iowa, with a single mother, due to his father passing away. 

Dolphin attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and then enrolled at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. Prior to getting the job with Learfield Sports as “The Voice of The Hawkeyes,” Dolphin had various stops in both radio and television before landing a job calling Northwestern University men’s basketball in 1990. In 1996, Dolphin was one of 63 applicants that applied for the University of Iowa job. After a successful interview, he was hired on December 13, 1996. For football broadcasts, he works alongside Ed Podolak. His broadcast partner for basketball is Bobby Hansen.

In addition to calling games, Dolphin is the host of the weekly radio program Hawk Talk, where fans can call in to talk to Dolphin and Iowa coaches Kirk Ferentz and Fran McCaffery. He also hosts weekly television coaches shows, where Ferentz and McCaffery recap the latest games. Dolphin was named “Iowa Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000 and 2010.