If you don't know the face, most certainly you know the voice of Mike Runge, general manger of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.
Runge is one of the most popular announcers in the Salt Lake Valley. His voice have been heard at everything from basketball games to blow-by-blow boxing matches.Runge was named general manger of the Golden Eagles three years ago by then-owner Art Teece. He was at the time, of course, no stranger to the game. Back in 1971, Runge first walked through the doors of the Eagle office. He started as the public address announcer.
He continues, today, to deliver to hockey fans key plays, players changes and important information during the games.
During the years 1974-76 he was also the team's promotion and sales director.
What Runge is best known for is his voice. After leaving the Eagles in 1976, Runge went on to become a broadcaster and operations manger.
All the while he continued to be the "voice of Utah sports," announcing over the PA system at Salt Lake Trappers, University of Utah football, basketball and gymnastics, and occasionally with the Utah Jazz.
Runge was made GM when Mark Amicone resigned to take a post at the University of Utah.
The first year over the club, he helped to guide them to a 56-22-2 record, win the IHL West Division title, and to the Turner Cup finals for the third straight year.
Last year the Eagles went 38-37-7 and into the semifinals of the International Hockey League playoffs.