Beloved broadcaster killed in flash flooding in Iowa

He was a longtime host and announcer in Des Moines.
Author:
Publish date:

A popular sports radio broadcaster died Sunday in flash flooding in Des Moines, Iowa. 

According to the Des Moines Police Department, Cotlar's van stalled in floodwaters just before 9 p.m. Saturday and he was swept away by the flash flooding. Search and rescue teams found his body several blocks away about four hours after the 911 call was made. 

Cotlar, 66, was the voice of Drake University men's basketball and the host of Cotlar and Company on 1350 ESPN Radio in Des Moines. His radio station released a heartfelt statement after learning of Cotlar's death. 

"All of us at 1350 ESPN and the Des Moines Radio Group are devastated by the loss of our voice, our colleague, and our friend, Larry Cotlar. Larry was killed last night during the flooding throughout the city of Des Moines.

"Larry was the voice of sports in Central Iowa. A long-time broadcaster, he was the play-by-play announcer for Drake Men's Basketball and also worked with the Iowa Barnstormers. Larry hosted his own weekly show on 1350 ESPN, featuring sports figures from Iowa and across the country.

"Today, our thoughts are with his wife, Deb and their son, Zach. There is absolutely no replacing Larry. He will be thought of fondly and missed greatly by his family, friends, and his extended families in the sports and broadcasting communities."

Today's Top Stories

Mother Nature could bring 4th of July fireworks to Minnesota

After meeting in a bar, 2 men fight, 1 dies in Dinkytown

Lightning hits teenager lying in bed in Brainerd

Des Moines and surrounding areas of central and northern Iowa were hammered by big storms and heavy rain over the weekend, with 6-8 inches of rain falling within a 12-hour period in Polk County, which includes Des Moines. 

Des Moines police spent much of the night Saturday and all day Sunday rescuing and evacuating residents from dangerous floodwaters. 

Cotlar published a book in 2016, "The Biggest Rolodex in Sports."

Next Up

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2

Minnesota confirms America's 1st case of Brazil P.1 COVID strain

The strain was found in a Twin Cities metro resident who recently traveled to Brazil.

classroom

Gov. Walz announces education plan aimed at eliminating disparities

The plan covers seven categories, including closing the racial education gap and improving opportunities in rural Minnesota

Tax forms

Charges: Otsego cleaning business underreported sales

An Otsego woman is accused of owing more than $20,500 in sales tax, penalties and interest.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Walz gives vaccine providers 3-day, 7-day deadlines to use doses

Those that don't use their allocation will be given less in the future.

purse

Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.

Marcus Carr

3 of 10 finalists for NCAA's top point guard award have MN ties

Not a bad way to represent the State of... Basketball?

Justice, court

Minnesota grants unconditional pardon to grandmother facing deportation

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the first full pardon granted by the state in 35 years.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

Related

helicopter, Robinson R44

Victims of Iowa helicopter crash had Minnesota addresses

The crash happened west of Des Moines on Tuesday afternoon.

flooding on Interstate 90

Torrential rains cause major flooding in MN, SD, IA, WI

The heavy rain shut down Interstate 90 in southern Minnesota on Thursday.

Flash flooding, severe storms threaten Minnesota again Monday

Rain ends around midday, with stronger storms possible later Monday.

Champion golfer, 22, killed on Iowa golf course

Police arrested a suspect on Monday night.

'Dangerous' flash flooding possible with tonight's storms

Things could get dangerous tonight, weather officials warn.

Flood update: Dam breaks, roads washed away, 2 killed

Authorities are warning drivers to turn around, don't drown.

lake water

Minnesota father-of-five dies in drowning accident in Iowa

It happened at a campground in Sioux County, Iowa.

flooding

Flash flooding as storms dump on Minnesota, Wisconsin

Ridiculous rainfall totals have washed out roads in western Wisconsin.