The Gym Class airs from 3pm to 4pm weekdays on The GYM with co-hosts Scott Unash and Mark Dukes. Combined, Scott and Mark have been covering local and area sports for more than 45 years.
We talk everything from prep sports, college sports to the pros….big and small….covering the latest news and topics, while also remembering the past.
Scott Unash – Host
KGYM Sports/Program Director Scott Unash lives and breathes sports. Scott was born and reared in Cedar Rapids. He attended Kennedy High School, where he played baseball and golf, graduating in 1984. He moved on to the University of Iowa, receiving his degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1988. In 1989, he started work at KOUR Radio in Independence, Iowa, as a Disc Jockey and a member of the sports staff. After two years, he was recruited by KCRG Radio in Cedar Rapids and worked there as the Sports Director through 2006 when the station was purchased by KZIA, Inc., and became KGYM 1600 ESPN. Scott was named the Sports and Program Director of the new station.
Scott has been the voice of high school athletics in the Cedar Rapids metro area since 1991. In addition, he has called local college contests, Hawkeye Downs racing and Cedar Rapids Kernels games over the length of his career. Scott was the actual play-by-play radio announcer of the 1991 Norway High School baseball state finals featured in the movie “The Final Season.” (KZIA co-worker Ric Swann played him in the movie because Scott looked too “young”.) He has been honored many times over the years for his play-by-play abilities. The Iowa Broadcast News Association named Scott the state’s top play-by-play announcer in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. Scott lives with wife Kristi and has two grown sons…Ryan, and his fiancé Jenna, along with Aaron. Scott enjoys playing golf, bowling, and all sports basically
Mark Dukes – Host
KGYM’s Mark Dukes brings tremendous sports experience and perspective.
Mark was born in Cedar Rapids. He received his diploma from Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School in 1974 where he had participated in basketball, baseball and golf, as well as being editor of the Outlook student newspaper.
He was a four-year letterman on the golf team of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, which won the 1976 Midwest Conference title and participated in the NCAA Division III tournament in Springfield, Ohio.
Mark spent three months in 1976 as an intern at the Washington, D.C, Bureau of the Des Moines Register.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe in 1978.
While still in high school, he worked at the Cedar Rapids Gazette as a part-time employee on the sports desk. He was named to a full-time sportswriter position in 1978, became assistant sports editor in 1983, and served as sports editor from 1984-1998. During his Gazette career, he covered a variety of high school events, University of Iowa and Iowa State University Football and Basketball, NCAA Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments, six bowl games, the 1983 All-Star Baseball Game and two Baseball World Series.
Mark co-authored “Greatest Moments in Iowa Hawkeye Football History” with former Gazette sports editor Gus Schrader.
He was an owner and manager in the restaurant-bar business for 15 years. In addition to his radio work, Dukes does free-lance writing, editing and consulting work.
Mark is the father of two grown children and grandfather of five.
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Mark and Kyle look back at the Home Run Derby and talk with Kansas City Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred.
Scott and Mark talk with Jeremiah Davis and fantasize about being competitive eaters.
Scott and Mark talk with Smokin’ Dave Cokin and Jeff Linder.
Scott and Mark talk with former Hawkeye golfer Brian Bullington, and are joined by Brian Haas for CaddySmack.
Scott and Mark talk about Iowa State’s new uniforms, and chat with MLB.com’s Mike Petriello.
Scott and Mark discuss Zach Johnson and Joey Gase’s weekends, and then take calls from Joel in Muscatine and former Hawkeye Kenyon Murray in regards to DJ Carton.
Scott and Mark talk to KJ Pilcher and Jeremiah Davis.
Scott and Mark talk to Smokin’ Dave Cokin and Clair Peterson.
Scott and Mark talk MLB with Joe Sheehan.
Scott and Mark talk to Mike Hlas.
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