The end of a great career as a Dallas sports icon

Norm Hitzges, a Texas radio hall of famer and legend who covered the Cowboys and other Dallas area sports for 48 years has officially retired. Today was his last day in full time broadcasting.

Norm was a pioneer in the radio sports talk show format and was very popular at Dallas radio stations KERA 90.1, KLIF 1190 and one of the best sports talk stations in the nation, “The Ticket”, 96.7 and 1310. He even pre-dates by one year Cowboys play-by-play broadcaster Brad Sham in his coverage of the Cowboys. The last several years, he was one of the insightful members of the Cowboys post game show on the Ticket. Quick to see both the good and bad of the game just played.

Norm was never afraid to speak out with his opinions about the Cowboys, its management, coaches and players. He was one of the most prepared on-air talents who could quote stats, trends, history and funny names at the drop of a hat. His coverage of the NFL Draft- as he called it- “wall to wall”- from round 1 to the final “Mr. Irrelevant“ pick in round 7 was the best I’ve ever heard. When it came to the NFL draft, Norm was way more knowledgeable and fun than the tiresome talking heads at ESPN or the NFL network.

He will be hard to replace as a sports journalist. He was more loyal to the truth and his listeners than he was to being in the good graces of the teams he covered. He was humble enough to laugh at himself when he made gaffes and after he occasionally showed his more prickly side to callers to the show with what he considered unfair or rude comments.

Norm will be missed.

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