Ken Mease, who is recognized by many from his time as a sportscaster with WUSA9 from 1986 until 2003, has passed away at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, Paulette Mease, 79 , and sons Kert, 48, Bart, 46, and Blake, 38, all of Gaithersburg. Per an obituary written in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mease was Robert Morris University’s athletic director from 1975-78, where he oversaw the Colonials’ transition from a junior college to a Division I athletic program. He was a sportscaster on and off in Western Pennsylvania from the late 1960s through the mid ‘80s KDKA-TV and WPXI-TV before making the move to the DC area to work for WUSA9.
Per WUSA9, “Ken readily admitted he was not a “flashy” kind of guy when it came to doing his sportscasts. However, Ken’s knowledge of sports and the people who participated were top-notch. He had a delivery style that was easygoing, and he was known for his great storytelling and writing style. Ken also had one of those laughs that just filled a room and a sportscast. At the end of every broadcast, Ken would sign in American Sign Language, ‘I love you.’ His son, Kert, tells us that his father passed away at 1:43 on Monday. The three numbers are also sometimes used in instant messaging as an abbreviation for the phrase ‘I love you.'”
His son Blake told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he and his brother Kert moved in with their parents two years ago to help care for their father, who was fighting Alzheimer’s. Ken was a notoriously pleasant and magnanimous guy, and that didn’t significantly change even as his Alzheimer’s progressed, according to Blake. Our condolences go out to Ken Mease’s friends and family.
Here is a picture of my dad, Ken Mease during his time as Athletic Director at RMU (College at the time) taken in the late 70's. What a pro! The Athletic Department continues to do great things today! #RMUnite pic.twitter.com/Vfsauq1hI9
— Kert Mease (@CoachKert) September 17, 2020