Pete Taylor 2004
To many people, Pete Taylor WAS Iowa State athletics. His voice was the signature sound of Cyclone sports. For 33 years, Taylor was the radio voice of Iowa State football and basketball. Through several different stations on the dial, seven football coaches and basketball coaches, and four athletic directors, Taylor was the one Cyclone constant. Fans counted on his even-handed play-by-play founded on three decades of following Iowa State sports as a journalist and later as an athletic department staff member. For 22 years, Taylor was the sports director at KCCI-TV in Des Moines. He was the play-by-play voice for more than 1,300 Iowa State football and basketball games spanning four decades.
Named the Iowa Sportscaster of the Year four times, Taylor joined ISU’s athletic department as director of athletic fundraising in 1990. As associate athletic director he helped negotiate radio and television contracts and became the department’s liaison with football, men’s basketball, and media relations. The most popular of all Cyclones, he was a friend, mentor and teacher to those with whom he worked. The respect he earned was affirmed by how staff, students, and fans across the country returned his loyalty with affection.
Taylor is also recognized for his contributions and support of numerous causes in local and regional communities across Iowa. He was very accessible and always ready to lend a hand, or his voice, to whoever needed it. Taylor was a true Iowan, and his friendship, loyalty, and assistance to all the people he touched is deeply appreciated and greatly missed. All people felt like they knew him, because they all did.
There was much more to Pete Taylor than ISU sports. Most important to him was his family: his parents, Jim and Mo; wife, Judy; son, David and his family; daughter, Jill and her family; and his grandchildren. Pete touched Iowa State in so many ways. Those memories will last Cyclone fans around the world a lifetime.