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Bradley basketball broadcaster Dave Snell '76 worked his 900th game Tuesday night when the Braves played Illinois State at Carver Arena. President Joanne Glasser presented a plaque to Snell congratulating him and recognizing him for his passion, excitement and clarity for the last 30 years.
Snell has been the Voice of the Braves since Nov. 30, 1979. He hasn't missed a broadcast since. He has missed one game, however. After the pregame show of a Bradley-Creighton game in Omaha, Neb. three years ago, he was briefly hospitalized.
As the eyes and ears of Bradley fans, his signature call is "KABOOM!" when a Bradley player dunks.
The 54-year-old Pekin native carries on a long tradition of legendary Bradley basketball broadcasters, including Jack Brickhouse '37 HON '90, Chick Hearn, and Snell's favorite, Mort Cantor '49. "Mort is the reason for my passion because I listened to him as a little kid," Snell told the Journal Star.