The new radio voice of the Kansas Jayhawks is a familiar one.
Brian Hanni, who left Kansas four years ago to call men’s basketball and baseball at Texas Tech, returns to Lawrence to become the Jayhawks’ play-by-play voice for football and men’s basketball.
Hanni called Kansas baseball for more than a decade and for eight years was part of the broadcast team for KU women’s basketball before leaving for Lubbock.
He replaces Bob Davis, who had served as Kansas’ play-by-play voice since 1984.
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“Naming a replacement for an institution like Bob Davis was a very difficult proposition,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. “We received interest from many well-established broadcasters. Ultimately we felt that Brian’s talent as a broadcaster, his positive outlook and his proven connection with the community separated him from the other outstanding candidates.”
Hanni, a Topeka native, graduated from Kansas in 2002.