SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Earlier this season Art Hains, best known as the "Voice of the Bears" called his 1,000th Missouri State men's basketball game and 2,000th game at Missouri State on the same night. It was nearly a statistical impossibility, but Hains says the math adds up and he's honored to have reached the milestones.
“It means I’ve been around for a long time, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Hains, who also hosts "Sports Talk" from 4:00-6:00 each night on Springfield radio station Jock 98.7 FM and is the studio host for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network each Sunday.
In 1977 the Marshall, Missouri native came to Springfield as a jumping off point just a short time after graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
“I thought it's a nice first job out of college and I’d come here and establish myself and go to a bigger market.”
And he did just that, returning to Dallas to host the studio show for the Dallas Cowboys among other sports radio endeavors. But life happened, his first child was born, and in 1985 the Queen City was calling again, for the now Division-1 SMSU Bears.
“It was attractive to be wanted. We loved Springfield the first time and it was an opportunity to be a Division-1 full-time voice and come back home.”
From Spoonball to the football Bears’ 1989 playoff win over Maine, the 1999 Sweet 16 run and the 2003 College World Series. Now into his 5th decade, Hains is THE Voice of the Bears.
"I can’t imagine listening to a Bears broadcast without Art Hains," said Tina Stillwell, a long time Missouri State fan and wife of former Sports Information Director Mark Stillwell.
His style can best described as passionate.
“I get excited when the Bears do something well," said Hains. I just want to paint the word picture and give a description of the game, but I also want to convey the emotion of the color and the crowd. Try be the eyes and ears of the listener, and it’s very humbling when people who don’t have their senses say that they get their impressions about the Bears through what I have to say. I take that very seriously.”
From football into basketball into baseball, MSU athletics is Art Hains, and it’s hard to imagine the Bears without him.
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