Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3027Biography:
Named the Griffins’ vice president of community relations and broadcasting in March 2007, Bob Kaser begins his 14th season as the team’s play-by-play voice and his seventh assisting with the oversight of the Griffins’ business operations. While calling every game for the defending Calder Cup champions on the team’s flagship station, Newsradio WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM, he also supervises the Griffins’ extensive community relations efforts and directs all major fundraising events for the Griffins Youth Foundation, of which he was named president in June 2006.
The AHL’s 2009-10 Ellery Award winner for excellence in radio broadcasting, Kaser has earned a string of honors behind the Griffins’ microphone. His play-by-play has garnered six Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (2001-04, 2006 and 2012), and he and color commentator Larry Figurski are also three-time winners (2002, 2005 and 2006) of Michigan AP’s award for Best Live Sports/Class II Radio.
Kaser serves as director for both the Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic and the Griffins Youth Hockey Camp, as well as co-chair for the Great Skate Winterfest, which he founded in 2002. He has also developed several of the team’s innovative community programs, including Growing with the Griffins and Charitable Goals. Under his leadership, the Griffins have raised more than $3.4 million for local charities over the last 11 seasons, and the franchise won the AHL’s Western Conference award for community service in both 2012-13 and 2008-09.
In his free time, Kaser assists with several other worthy causes in West Michigan, serving as a board member for Cornerstone University's Champions of Character program, as well as a member of the Advancing Excellence committee for East Grand Rapids Schools and the food procurement committee for Kid’s Food Basket. An avid baseball fan and former amateur player, he has coached Diamonds travel baseball teams for the last five years, including its 15U team in 2013, and he serves as a member of the West Michigan Sports Commission’s oversight committee for the Art Van Sports Complex.
A Kalamazoo native who grew up in Flint, Kaser has been involved in hockey since 1979, most notably spending 10 seasons (1990-2000) as director of communications and broadcasting for the IHL’s Kansas City Blades. He was twice awarded the Bob Chase Award as IHL Broadcaster of the Year (1993-94 and 1997-98), and his public relations staff earned recognition as the best in the Western Conference on four occasions (1994-95, 1995-96, 1997-98 and 1999-00).