One of the great things about working in the sports media is meeting people – athletes that blow you away with their extraordinary talents or the coaches and administrators who are the movers and shakers in their fields.
But you also meet people who work tirelessly behind the scenes, the women and men we sometimes take for granted, who are equally gifted, but don’t seek the limelight or the credit they sometimes deserve.
Dick Robinson was one such man.
I first met Dick many years ago when WKYT decided to do a story on a fledgling radio show called “The Joe B. and Denny Show.” Dick had come up with the idea to pair Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum together to talk about basketball, fishing or whatever topic popped up. The radio show now is syndicated across Kentucky and is in its seventh year.
I quickly learned that Dick was one of the most connected men I'd ever met.
In addition to being a great source of information, Dick was an inspiration. He was a mentor to so many kids in central Kentucky and his exuberance and zest for life was infectious.
A year ago, Dick decided to join the faculty at Midway College to lead its Sports Management program and asked if I’d serve on his advisory council to help the students there. I was honored that he asked.
Teaching at Midway was just one of the many hats Dick has worn over the years. The jobs and the titles the man accumulated are too numerous to mention.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Christie, and his daughters. He spoke glowingly, and often, about his family.
The sports community lost a friend with the passing of Dick Robinson. He’ll be gone, but certainly never forgotten.