Vice President of Community Relations and Broadcasting
Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3027
The Great Skate is back in Grand Rapids on January 18
The annual Great Skate starts January 18th at noon and runs through January 19th at 10 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle. (eightWest)
Support the Griffins Youth Foundation by making a donation to sponsor my participation in the 2020 Great Skate Winterfest, on Jan. 18-19 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.
Named the Griffins’ vice president of community relations and broadcasting in March 2007, Bob Kaser begins his 20th season with the organization. While calling every game on the team’s flagship station, Newsradio WOOD 106.9 FM & 1300 AM, he also supervises the Griffins’ extensive community relations efforts and serves as president of the Griffins Youth Foundation, a position to which he was appointed in 2006.
Adding to his numerous accolades from a distinguished 40-year career in hockey, Kaser and his radio partners, Larry Figurski and Lou Rabaut, won their won their 10th broadcast excellence award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 2019. Kaser, who in 2016 received the Griffins’ Founders “Overtime” Award for his career contributions to the organization, made his NHL broadcast debut during the 2016-17 season, doing radio play-by-play for 13 Detroit Red Wings games and calling one telecast on Fox Sports Detroit.
Kaser serves as director for both the Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic and the Griffins Youth Hockey Camp, as well as co-chair for the Great Skate Winterfest. The Griffins are proud to have raised $5.5 million for local charities over the last 17 seasons while also having impacted the lives of so many with countless player and mascot visits in and around West Michigan.
In his free time, Kaser assists with several other worthy causes in West Michigan, most notably sitting on the board of directors for Kids’ Food Basket and serving on its governance and capital campaign committees. He also works with Cornerstone University's Champions of Character program, the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Fund, and the Advancing Excellence committee for East Grand Rapids Schools.
An avid baseball fan and former amateur player, he coached Diamonds travel baseball teams from 2009-13 and serves as a member of the West Michigan Sports Commission’s oversight committee for the Art Van Sports Complex. He is also part-owner of Kilwins stores in East Grand Rapids and downtown Grand Rapids.
Kaser and his wife, Rosalie, have two sons. Charlie is entering his second season as the Griffins’ assistant equipment manager, and Sam is a graduate student at the University of Michigan.