R. Sedlmayr, former voice of McKale, dies

2010-11-13T00:00:00Z 2010-11-13T00:20:54Z R. Sedlmayr, former voice of McKale, dies Arizona Daily Star
November 13, 2010 12:00 am

The man who first elicited the famous "Steeeeve Kerrrrr" echo after the UA basketball player made a three-point shot in a November 1985 game died Thursday afternoon from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 79.

Roger Sedlmayr was the public address announcer at University of Arizona basketball games at McKale Center from 1978 to 1996. That was in addition to two careers as a police officer and a city councilman as well as a moonlighting gig as Ron Michaels, a sports announcer for KOLD in the late 1960s.

His brother, Floyd Sedlmayr, said the TV stint was short-lived because then-Tucson Police Chief Bernard L. Garmire told Roger: "Take your choice. You want to be a police officer or a sportscaster?"

He chose the badge, Floyd said with a chuckle.

Sedlmayr, a Chicago native, was born and raised near Wrigley Field and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. A member of the United States Air Force Reserve, Sedlmayr was called to active duty during the Korean War.

He moved to Tucson in 1963 after working five years for the Chicago Police Department. He joined the Tucson Police Department and spent 20 years in uniform before retiring in 1983.

During his time with TPD, he served as a spokesman for the department for 12 years.

Sedlmayr was first elected to the Tucson City Council in 1987 and served for eight years.

Former Tucson Mayor George Miller said Sedlmayr's convictions were unwavering.

"I can't say enough about him as a person," said Miller who was a city councilman from 1977 until 1991 when he was elected mayor and served two terms. "He always acted on principle and integrity. … He wasn't worried about the next election."

From 1983 until his death, Sedlmayr served as a grief counselor at Adair Funeral Homes.

Among his public-service activities, Sedlmayr was chairman of the Police and Fire Retirement Board from 1987 to 1995 and a board member of the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tucson Airport Authority. He had also been an instructor with the National Traffic Safety Institute since 2001.

Sedlmayr is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Roger (Joyce) Sedlmayr; brother Floyd (Jane) Sedlmayr; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Services are pending.

 

"He always acted on principle and integrity … he wasn't worried about the next election."

George Miller,

former Tucson mayor

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