Norm Hitzges

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Norman R. "Norm" Hitzges (born July 5, 1944) is an author and sports talk radio host at KTCK (1310 AM / 96.7 FM, "SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket") in Dallas, Texas. Hitzges moved to (former rival) KTCK in early 2000 after 15 years at sister station KLIF when the latter removed sports talk programming from its lineup.[1][2] Hitzges also serves as the television play-by-play voice of the Dallas Sidekicks.[3][4]

He has also provided major league baseball commentary for ESPN.[5] Hitzges is known for his enthusiasm and knowledge of sports trivia and has been compared to Dick Vitale for his energy and love of sports.[6] Hitzges has been honored by the Dallas All Sports Association and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.[7]

Hitzges also hosts "Norm-A-Thon", a yearly 18-hour marathon broadcast to raise money for the Austin Street Center, a Dallas area homeless shelter.[8] Hitzges has also been a long-time supporter of Texans! Can Academy, an organization that provides at-risk youths with education and training.

Since 2010, Hitzges and his wife have lived in the Dallas suburb of Little Elm, Texas.[4]

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  1. ^ "KLIF to halt sports programming; Longtime host Norm Hitzges to move to a morning show on sister station". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 8, 2000. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ Horn, Barry (April 25, 2014). "The Ticket signs Dallas radio icon Norm Hitzges to 3-year deal". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Barron, J. David (October 31, 2012). "Keep your shirt on! Sidekicks ready to draw again". Allen American-Star. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Glaze, Tim (February 6, 2015). "Local Legend: Norm Hitzges, Radio Hall of Famer, calls Little Elm home". Little Elm Journal (Little Elm, TX: Star Local News). Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Modoono, Bill (May 11, 1990). "Hiitzges Gives ESPN Distinctive Voice". Pittsburgh Press (Rocky Mountain News). Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ "For ESPN, a Mouth That Roars; Norm Hitzges Brings a Vitale-like Flair to Baseball Coverage". Miami Herald. June 29, 1990. p. 5C. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  7. ^ Aaron, Russ (April 8, 2008). "On-air and off, it's the same old Norm". The Daily Campus. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Tomaso, Bruce (December 14, 2008). "'Norm-A-thon' to benefit Austin Street Centre". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 

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