Gary Haskew, known to Tennessee Valley sports fans as "Dr. Basketball" on the long-running WGOW 102.3 afternoon show "Sport Talk" has died at the age of 74. Haskew's brother and former co-host Jerre said Gary died of a massive heart attack on Monday afternoon. On his Facebook page, Jerre posted, "Please pray for our family. My beloved Brother Gary just passed away. God rest his sweet soul." Haskew's friend Kenny Smith said he had experienced health problems a few years ago, but had been doing well recently, and his sudden death came as a sad surprise. "He's the kind of guy who can't be replaced," Smith said. "He made people smile everywhere he went."
Alongside co-hosts Scott "Quake" McMahen and "Cowboy" Joe Varner, Haskew sprinkled humor and strong opinions on many sports topics, along with clever stunts and bold predictions. He once famously ate dog food on the air after losing a bet. Haskew was a top local softball player for nationally ranked teams (including Kobax and Thurman-Bryant) and automobile salesman for City Dodge before shifting his attention to radio in 1990.. McMahen said, "Dr. B will be remembered for his magnetic personality, he just drew people in. He loved to stir the pot, and our listeners loved it." He said Haskew had appeared on the program as recently as last Friday.
Among Gary Haskew's most recent Facebook posts were tributes to Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who died last week. He was a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame. Funeral arrangements are here.
Sunday, August 20 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:11:20 GMT
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