For a generation of Iowa State enthusiasts, Pete Taylor was Cyclone athletics. Taylor’s radio voice defined Iowa State athletics, describing Iowa State football and men’s basketball games for 33 years (1970-2003) with grace and class.
He began his association with Iowa State in 1970, covering Cyclone events for KRNT radio when he was KRNT-TV’s (KCCI) sports director. Taylor was chosen Iowa Sportscaster of the Year four times during his career as the director of Des Moines’ top-rated news telecast from 1969-90. In 1984, Iowa State signed a contract for exclusive broadcast rights for all sporting events with Clearchannel Communications. Taylor was picked alongside color man and partner Eric Heft, forming the broadcast tandem that spanned 24 years in basketball and 19 years in football.
In 1990, Taylor left KCCI to work full-time at Iowa State as director of athletic fundraising. He later was promoted to associate athletic director, serving as the department’s liaison with men’s basketball, football, the car program and special projects. Taylor also devoted time to Cyclone Club activities, including outings and banquets, and oversaw media relations and radio and television contracts.
In all, Taylor’s contributions to Iowa State spanned four decades. In addition to his administrative and radio play-by-play duties, he also hosted the football coaches’ TV Show, Cyclone Replay Show and radio call-in shows for both football and men’s basketball.