Max Falkenstien was born April 10, 1924, in Lawrence, Kansas. He served in the Air Army Corps during World War II for 35 months before retiring. Falkenstien attended the University of Kansas (KU) and graduated in 1947. While he was there Falkenstien covered his first play-by-play coverage of the KU men’s basketball game on March 18, 1946. Falkenstien continued to cover the play-by-play for men’s basketball and football for the next 39 years. He switched to a full time commentator position where he worked for the next 20 years. Falkenstien worked for KU athletics for 60 years before retiring March 17, 2006. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the KU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, the Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2001 Sporting News named Falkenstien as the “best college radio personality in the country.”
Entry: Falkenstien, Max
Author: Haydan Vosburgh
Date Created: June 2012
Date Modified: July 2012
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