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Though basketball and football season have wrapped up, Gary Dolphin, the voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes [the Hawkeyes], still has plenty to keep him busy. On Saturday, April 13th, he came out to speak with Muscatine area fans at a special breakfast event hosted by Hy-Vee on 2400 2nd Avenue.
As Dolphin welcomed guests to the event, he shared, “It’s great to be back in Muscatine at one of our great corporate citizens, not only for the state of Iowa, but for the University of Iowa, Hy-Vee. This is a great Hawk town, with all due respect to our brethren at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Drake. This is a wonderful community.”
From there, Dolphin shared how he enjoyed his stay at the Merrill Hotel and the time he spent in downtown Muscatine. “Now, Muscatine’s not unlike where I live in Dubuque. It’s reinvented itself downtown, like a lot of Iowa cities and a lot of cities around the country are doing because that’s what the tourists want to see. . . You have the Mississippi River to sell–what else do you need, right? But the Merrill right on the waterfront is just gorgeous.”
After discussing what he enjoyed about Muscatine, Dolphin addressed the two on-air suspensions he received last season. He took them in stride, acknowledging that all broadcasters make mistakes and thanking fans for supporting him. Regarding his suspension for comments made about Maishe Dailey, he stated, “I told Maishe Dailey I haven’t called out a kid on the air in forty-seven years of [broadcasting] and I’m not about to start. I said the Iowa fan [in me] got in the way of what should have been a professional broadcaster.”
He then went on to share his take on his second suspension, regarding comments about Bruno Fernando. “Anybody who knows me understands that growing up in small town Iowa, I was always taught to respect people regardless of color, race, creed, and ethnicity, and knew that there wasn’t intent [in what I said about Fernando]. To the University’s credit and to Iowa Basketball’s credit, they agreed with me, but they felt a suspension was proper.”
From there, Dolphin discussed highlights of both the Hawkeye’s basketball and football seasons. Of special interest for Muscatine residents, he talked about how Joe Wieskamp had an outstanding season and his future prospects. “What I wanted to see out of Joe this year . . . was could he defend. Could he defend in the big ten?” . . . . He was an outstanding defender this year, as well as his twelve points, five rebounds a game, [which] are just off the charts for a first-year player, given the level he’s playing at. But he can defend. . . . If he has a couple more years or another year like he had this year, the NBA is waiting for Joe Wieskamp.”
After his talk, Dolphin signed posters for fans. All in all, the event gave Muscatine residents an unparalleled opportunity to meet with a Hawkeye broadcasting legend.

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