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Houston Remembers Longtime TV Sports Anchor Bob Allen

The former KHOU 11 Sports Director passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Bob Allen worked for nearly four decades in TV sports, in a career that spanned from the Houston Oilers to the Texans. He was also known for his charity work. 

Allen started out working in radio and then moved to the weekend sports desk at KTRK Channel 13. He later became sports director, and held that job until he moved on to KHOU Channel 11 in 2013.

Former KTRK host Don Nelson remembers Allen for his hard work and his humor, and someone who had a strong dedication to the Houston community.

“He had local roots,” says Nelson. “He had the chance to stay close to his family. It was a major market so naturally he wasn’t going anywhere. It’s just a very comfortable thing.”

Nelson recalls Allen’s work with the Sunshine Kids, a charity for children with cancer. He even took the kids on ski trips.

And when it came to sports, Nelson says Allen lived and breathed it, going all the way back to the “Luv Ya Blue” days with the Oilers and Coach Bum Phillips.

“I mean I can only imagine the tapes and pictures Bob has in his home, that will be forever cherished by family members for years to come, that are actually one of a kind,” adds Nelson. “He interviewed everyone under any circumstance.”

Allen had been battling cancer and he took a leave of absence from KHOU last year. He was 70.

 

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