Longtime WTTV Personality Dies

By Kevin Eck 

Chuck Marlowe, host of The Bob Knight Show for 29 years on Indianapolis’ current CBS affiliate WTTV, has died. He was 86.

Marlowe, who started his career at radio station WXLW in 1952, also did play-by-play for Indiana Basketball and was a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network’s Indianapolis 500 coverage for 41 years. Marlowe was also known as the “serious announcer” for Big Time/Championship Wrestling.

Marlowe was sports director for WTTV on its nightly news broadcasts, joining favorites Janie (Hodges), Cowboy Bob (Glaze), Sammy Terry (Bob Carter) as the faces of the iconic independent television station. He was recognized by his peers with the Indiana Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Lifetime Achievement Award.


“I’ve been the luckiest person on the planet,” Marlowe once said about his career in local TV. “I’m in that rare group of individuals who can say they loved their jobs every single day. Because I loved it, it was never work to me.”