Seven time Utah Sports Caster of the Year Chris Tunis has passed away. He was 54 years old. Tunis covered many sports throughout the state of Utah and was a sports-talk radio pioneer. Tunis was a former color-analyst for 610 KVNU and the Aggie Radio Network.According to those close to Tunis, he had been battling pancreatic cancer for several years and his health declined rapidly recently. Tributes to Tunis from his colleagues are pouring in on the social networking site Twitter. “Long time SLC sports host Chris Tunis passes today,” wrote sports-talk radio host and Utah Jazz play by play announcer David Locke. “Chris may have been first ever to host a sports show in utah.””Chris loved sports for the game,” Locke continued. “He avoided the bitterness, the blame game and the criticism that taints the format now.””In the spring of 1989, Chris Tunis decided he could use an intern at KSL Radio,” KSL’s Greg Wrubell posted. “I’ll forever be grateful that he chose me as his test case.””Indeed, there was no more substantial sportscaster in Salt Lake City,” Wrubell continued. “His preparation and professionalism were without equal.”Tunis is survived by his wife, Julie, and his daughter, Jacqueline. Funeral services are pending.
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