'Polish Eagle' perfect fit for Barn

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2009 - 12:18 AM

Dick Jonckowski's career has taken him all over the sporting map, but he has settled in nicely at Williams Arena for more than two decades.

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northshore99Feb. 9, 09 8:52 PM

I remember listening to Jonckowski call high school BB games back in the early 80s. He worked for a small station based in Shakopee. Loved him then, love him now. He does a great job.

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daveklitzkeFeb. 9, 0910:02 PM

I tended bar for 30 years at the Hopkins House in Hopkins. During that time Dick emceed many Ducks Unlimited banquets. He brought down the house with his quick wit and one-liners. I'll never forget it.

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twinsfan23Feb. 9, 0910:27 PM

Souhan, great article. Joncko can be a bit annoying at times, but he is a great human being, and dammit if his jokes aren't even a little bit funny sometimes (in spite of himself). Love him or hate him, the Polish Eagle is a Barn staple and Dick is a great guy.

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StrohkirchFeb. 9, 0911:08 PM

of working with Dick at the radio station in Shakopee in the late 80s. I ran the control board back at the studio as he did his Saturday Sports corner from the Perkins in Shakopee. I have seen him from time to time since then, but I am still glad to know that he is a fixture of the sports scene in Minnesota. God Bless ya Dick Scott Strohkirch

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imcoupFeb. 10, 09 6:17 AM

Great story about Dick -- he is awesome. Just curious about Paul Giel -- haven't heard what he's up to lately.

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StrohkirchFeb. 10, 09 7:27 AM

Paul Giel died about 10 years ago. just FYI

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rnkuehneFeb. 10, 09 7:52 AM

Nice story, Jim. For that matter, I'd love to see a story on Jules Pearlt himself. Growing up, going to Gopher Football and Basketball games, Pearlt's delivery was the one constant through the years... "First and ten on the EYE-owa forty yard line!". And Jules had a bit of levity himself -- I remember fans in the barn booing after he announced that "Dunking the ball is not allowed in the Big Ten", to which he followed dryly with "Don't boo me, I didn't make the rule..." I assume Jules is long since gone, but I wonder if there are any recordings of Pearlt's announcements anywhere -- hearing that voice again could almost make me believe I was at Memorial Stadium on a cool autumn afternoon, hearing the strains of the marching band in the crisp air, as Tony Dungy prepares to take the snap...

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picofdayFeb. 10, 09 7:54 AM

This is a fond childhood memory ... KSMM in Shakopee. Amongst the farm report, local (and I mean real/10 mile radius local!)news and Berens Meat Market ads ... Dick was the voice that warmed all of us in this (then) small town. Remains part of my fond memories/upbringing still today ... Appreciate the tradition of guys like this while you can, as the wonderment of streaming video, you tube, et al will soon make then extinct.

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larrymickFeb. 10, 09 8:32 AM

I still hear Perlt in my head from either the 76 or 77 boy's basketball tournament when Steve Lingenfelter and Kevin McHale played each other - "Liiingenfelter scoring!" Classic voice and classic delivery. The U has another great PA guy, Jim Burns, who does Gopher volleyball. Great one-liners after a point is scored.

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larrymickFeb. 10, 09 8:36 AM

My favorite Jonckowski joke came when he was emceeing a golf outing in Cambridge. The celebrities would be walking by and Jonckowski, sitting in a golf cart, would zing them. My favorite was " 'Johnson' was out with a woman last night and invited her back to his place. She said she couldn't as she wouldn't respect herself in the morning. 'Johnson' replied, 'That's OK, sleep until noon!' "

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