Kent Pavelka begins his 32nd season calling Husker basketball.
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Pavelka To be Roasted on Sept. 13

By NU Athletic Communications

One of the most recognizable voices in Nebraska will be honored this fall, as Kent Pavelka will have his Face on the Barroom Floor at the Omaha Press Club.

Pavelka will become the 158th face added to the floor when he is added during a dinner and roast on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Omaha Press Club.

The tradition began in 1971, and Pavelka will have several roasters on hand, including Larry the Cable Guy, Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles and longtime broadcast partners Matt Davison and Gary Sadlemyer.

The event is open to the public. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the roast starting around 8 p.m. Cost for the event will be $50 for members and $60 for non-members and reservations can be made by visiting

“Kent is a great choice,” said Woody Bradford, president of the Omaha Press Club. “He’s a household name for any Nebraska sports fan. The roast should be terrific – people pay big money to see Larry the Cable Guy perform – and the other three roasters are fantastic in their own right. I have no doubt it will be a night to remember at the Press Club. I can’t wait.” 

Pavelka is beginning his 32nd season of broadcasting Husker basketball games in 2018-19, and has broadcast nearly 1,250 Husker sporting events during his career. A six-time the Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year Award winner, Pavelka has been calling Husker basketball games since the 1974-75 season, and returned to his broadcast positon in 2006-07. A Special Merit Award recipient of the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame, Pavelka will broadcast his 1,000th Husker basketball game during the upcoming season.

In addition, he was the voice of Husker football for 22 seasons between 1974-95 and also called games for for Midland College, Fremont High School, Fremont Bergan High School and Omaha high schools during his illustrious career.

In addition to all his sports announcing, Pavelka has been a fixture on Omaha radio, serving as a morning show host/operations manager for KFAB-AM (1110) from 1974 to 2001 and as morning show host for KKAR-AM (1290) from 2001 to 2005.

Since 2006, he has run his own company – Kent Pavelka & Associates – providing his on- camera/voice talents and advertising/marketing skills to a number of clients. For the past 12 years, Pavelka also has hosted the TV show, “Metro & More,” for Metropolitan Community College. His TV work also includes hosting “The Tom Osborne Show.”

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