SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — It’s a big night for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as it enshrines 20 new members for its class of 2018.
And one of those honorees has been an important part of our KOLR10 team for 30 years.
Our own sports director, Dan Lucy, is among the new members of the Hall of Fame.
Dan joins other notables in the 2018 class such as former Cardinals pitcher, Lee Smith, Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin and long-time Missouri State softball coach, Holly Hesse.
We are so proud of our own Dan Lucy for his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame tonight.
Here’s a video from the ceremony looking back on Dan’s nearly 34-year career covering sports in Missouri.
In the early 1980s, Dan Lucy took the air and he’s never left.
From Columbia, he found his way to Springfield, where he has been a staple in the Ozarks sports market for 30 years.
“I remember when Dan first came into the building, it took three security guards to get him back out and he kept coming back and applying himself and finally they decided, ok we will let him in, he started doing sports and he has become obviously a Hall of Fame sportscaster,” said Tom Trtan, an Ozarks Live! host.
25 years as the sports director at KOLR10, he has brought you the best coverage from 8 World Series, a Super Bowl, two Major League Baseball All-Star games, the PGA Championship and countless college basketball national tournaments.
And night in and night out, he makes the Ozarks sports scene, his absolute priority.
“A lot of you will not see this behind the scenes of our newscasts, but Dan will fight tooth and nail for 30 extra seconds in a sportscast, to get an extra photographer to cover one extra game and it is that passion and that zest that you don’t find in sports directors everywhere,” said David Oliver, a KOLR10 anchor.
One of the biggest stories in not just the area but the country was when Dan Lucy broke the news that Steve Alford was to become the head coach at Missouri State University.
“The thing that I probably respect the most about Dan is that how important being an ethical reporter is,” said Megan Rice, a KOLR10 sports anchor and reporter. “That gets lost a lot because everyone is so worried about being first and reporting it and Dan is always ‘make sure you have multiple sources and make sure it is accurate before you send it out in the public’ and that is something I will carry with me my entire life.”
Even through the toughest times, he maintained his fixture on the air and there is no better example than in the past few years, when Dan was diagnosed, was treated for, and beat prostate cancer even getting his doctor to let him back to work early so he could cover the Royals in the World Series.
“He has been a fixture in the area and the community, he is well known and well respected, and he is the type of guy the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame stands for,” said Mark Stillwell, a former SID at Missouri State University.
“Congratulations, Dan, you have been a big part of the local sports media for a lot of years, you came here as a young kid and you still look like a young kid, and I don’t know how you do it, but I am proud of you and the passion you bring and to Southwest Missouri Sports every day, congratulations,” said Art Haines, a radio broadcaster.