For a number of years now, through thick and thin, the powerful voice behind Nebraska City athletics has remained a constant.
That voice will be heard one more time this football season as the Pioneers take the field for their final regular season home game against Ashland-Greenwood at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
Dave Kasbohm will be that voice.
Kasbohm, who began doing the public address announcements at Nebraska City American Legion baseball games about eight years ago, has been and will continue to be a fixture at the announcer’s table and in the press box at Pioneer athletic events.
The baseball work at Legion games led Kasbohm to do the PA at high school baseball games and then football games.
His distinctive voice would eventually be heard at basketball games, volleyball matches and wrestling meets.
Where ever Kasbohm could lend his voice talents, he was more than happy to serve in that role.
At the start, Kasbohm stepped in to fill a need. It grew into something much bigger and more satisfying than that.
Over the years, Kasbohm developed his own unique style of delivery.
When attending other events, pro, college or at other high schools, Kasbohm listened to what the PA announced did or didn’t do and added or learned from what he heard.
Kasbohm said he started out giving a little bit of play-by-play with his calls and then realized that the fans wanted to hear certain things, not necessarily play-by-play, and so he modified his calls.
Thinking back through all of the sports he has called, Kasbohm said his favorite sport to call might be volleyball, a sport that he was uncertain about the first time he called it.
A YouTube video gave him an idea of what to call. He learned quickly and said he loves to call the sport because the action is constant.
Whether its volleyball, football, or any other sport, Kasbohm’s constant focus on the call is to make sure his delivery is professional and that his words enhance the experience of student athletes.
Looking back at his own athletic career, Kasbohm said he recalled a baseball announcer from Auburn who remembered the nick names of the players and used them on the PA.
It means something for an athlete and for the family of that athlete to hear a name called on the PA.
Most gratifying in Kasbohm’s PA work might have been a comment he received after doing the starting line ups for a Nebraska City volleyball match.
Kasbohm had a music track playing while he did the announcements. It was a bit that he had given some thought to,   hoping to enhance the game atmosphere.
It worked.
Mark Kirlin, then the volleyball coach at NCHS, had an immediate reaction after Kasbohm was finished.
“He looked at me and said, ‘That was awesome!’”
Beyond line ups and the calling of names, there are specific skills that go into calling sports on the PA.
Football, for instance, requires a spotter. Nebraska City uses Scott Kinnison in that role. And Kasbohm said he appreciates the spots he gets from Kinnison.
As he looks at a football play, Kasbohm said he follows the ball, calling the ball carrier and yardage. Kinnison then fills in by giving Kasbohm the numbers of the players who were on the tackle for a play—something that’s pretty hard to considering the pile ups of players.
All of the things that go into the call keep Kasbohm interested. He says he really enjoys the whole experience and can see himself doing more of the work  in years to come.
In fact, Kasbohm’s PA work opened up another opportunity and joy in the press box, that being providing color for radio broadcasts of Peru State football.
Hunter Arterburn, the voice of Bobcat football,  joins Kasbohm to broadcast games.
Kasbohm said he and Arterburn work well together in games.
Timing is everything for a good color man and, with Arterburn’s attention to detail, Kasbohm said he knows when his windows are and can be ready with observations that enhance the listener experience.
Beyond the radio call, Kasbohm gets the bonus of once again calling his son’s games.
As a PA guy for NCHS, Kasbohm got to be on the call for his son, Noah, when he was quarterbacking the Pioneers.
The opportunity to do Peru State games meant that Kasbohm was able to follow Noah’s career from the press box in the college setting too.
Whether it’s high school, college or whatever sport, the voices that are heard around the action, be it on the radio or on the PA, become something that fans develop a familiary with and then expect.
No doubt, fans have enjoyed Kasbohm’s calls and will do so in the future.
Those fans should know that Kasbohm appreciates the opportunity just as much.

Kasbohm File
Dave Kasbohm is a 1991 graduate of NCHS. He played baseball at Iowa Western and Peru State and also attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Noah Kasbohm followed his dad and his grandpa in playing a sport at Peru State College.
Dave Kasbohm said his dad’s biggest thrill was getting the chance to tackle Tom Osborne—yes, that’s the T.O. you’re thinking of.
The tackle came in a Peru State game against Osborne’s Hastings College and Dave said his dad remembers that Osborne, who was returning a kick, definitely delivered as much as he received in their exchange.