Bob Kurtz enters his seventh year behind the radio play-by-play microphone of the Minnesota Wild. Kurtz’s distinctive voice and smooth delivery has been a staple of every Wild game during the club’s first five seasons. He, along with radio analyst and former NHL defenseman, Tom Reid, can be heard on WCCO® Radio (830 AM), the official flagship station of Minnesota Wild hockey and the club’s 10,000 Rinks Radio Network. In addition to calling Wild games, Kurtz and Reid were previously paired on Minnesota North Star telecasts and have worked side by side on University of Minnesota and Michigan State hockey broadcasts as well.
The Detroit, Michigan, native spent 11 years (1989-2000) working with New England Sports Network (NESN) in Boston, Massachusetts, prior to joining the Wild for its inaugural season. He was the network’s play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox and also broadcast an array of sports including Boston Bruins hockey, Boston University hockey, the Hockey East Game of the Week and the American Hockey League.
Kurtz has strong Minnesota ties having served as the lead television announcer for the Minnesota North Stars for seven seasons on KMSP (1979-84) and KXLI (1987-88). He also performed play-by-play duties for the Minnesota Twins on KMSP from 1979 to 1986, and could be heard on University of Minnesota hockey, football and basketball broadcasts in 1988-89. During that same year, he worked as the sports director at KSTP radio (Minneapolis/Saint Paul) overseeing both the morning sports shows and sports talk shows.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Kurtz returned to his alma mater to call Spartans hockey, football, baseball and basketball from 1974 to 1979. He has also done several free-lance play-by-play assignments with The Baseball Network (1994-95) and
WJR Radio in Detroit.
He and his wife, Lorri, reside in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have two sons, Paul and Danny.