Robert Kelley

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The versatile Kelley was the radio voice of University of Delaware football for 36 years, starting in 1950. Coach Dave Nelson credited him with being a key to the tradition of Blue Hen football,
and Bob also did Hens’ play-by-play basketball. He had come to Wilmington after the demise of the New York Sun, hired by the Wilmington Morning News as sports writer and columnist. As a writer and
broadcaster, Bob quickly became a factor in the sports community. For 19 years, he was Delaware’s ” Sportscaster of the Year”. He was a director with the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. After his
newspaper career, he served as Delaware Park’s Publicity Director for 17 years. .



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