Bob Allen, a long time sports anchor and director in Houston, passed away this morning at the age of 70.
Allen was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and began his broadcasting career at an AM radio station in Nacogdoches.
“He was what we called back in the old days a hot jock, he was after it and did a great job in radio,” said Robert Hill, SFA Director of Athletics.
Hill and Allen spent time working together at the same radio station. Allen was a rock and roll disc jockey and Hill read the news on the all night shift.
“After he graduated from SFA he went directly to Houston….and the rest is history,” said Hill.
In 1974 Allen became a weekend anchor at KTRK in Houston and a year later he would become the sports director. Allen would keep that job for 38 years until his move to KHOU in 2013.
But Allen never severed his connection to SFA however, every year during the Battle of the Pineywoods Allen would M.C. for the SFA Lumberjacks.
“I got reacquainted with Bob during those time periods and he and I visited,” said Hill.
It was there when Hill first learned of Allen’s illness. Bob Allen had been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 2015.
“He told me he was sick, felt like the treatment was going to be where he could survive and be okay,” said Hill. “When we were back down there earlier this month they said he was back in the hospital and it wasn’t good.”
And just a few weeks later, Allen passed.
“I was sad to hear that, I thought he was progressing well with his treatment but it just didn’t work out for him,” said Hill. “But he fought it to the end and made just a million friends. Just think of all the years he did sports in Houston on television and all the great people that he was able to interview. He lead a remarkable life.”
Allen was known to be very confident in himself but also very giving. On many occasions he would use his position as a sports director to give his alma mater publicity if it was ever requested of him.
He had many plans to share his experience including possibly returning to SFA to teach according to Robert Hill.