Calkins, Blean

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Calkins, Blean Gender: M
Blean Anson Calkins
born on 11 August 1921 at 02:50 (= 02:50 AM )
Place Logan, Iowa, 41n39, 95w47
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 18°07' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 27°17 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 16°12'


American sports radio broadcaster for over 30 years who was President of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) 1978-1981, and served on the NSSA Board with such contemporaries as Curt Gowdy, Chris Schenkel, Keith Jackson and Ray Scott.

His birth was a difficult one, the attending doctor was credited with saving his life, so he was named in honor of Dr. Blean.

Calkins broadcast Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football home games along with Iowa high school athletics on KWPC out of Muscatine for over 30 years. Calkins also did morning drive sports on album rock 99 Plus through most of the 1980s. Morning show host Andy Hammer dubbed it "Radio's biggest two minutes".

Blean Calkins died in his sleep at home on 16 March 2003 at age 81 in Muscatine, Iowa. He had been living with a heart ailment since suffering a massive heart attack in 1989.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Health : Acute illness 1989 (Massive heart attack)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file. (The BC is signed by Dr. Howland).


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (Sports broadcaster)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (4× Iowa Sportscaster of the Year)