Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – If there’s one person who loved basketball, it’s Eric O. Furset, and many who have enjoyed hearing his voice for years have felt that love shines through every time he rises to the microphone.
Whether it was a high school basketball game or Michigan, Furset had a distinctive voice that everyone knew, and for those who knew him best, they would say he was “encouraged to advertise”.
He was also dependent on Michigan.
Furset, who turned 91 in October, died Monday around 6:45 p.m. in Traverse City.
His path to MSU began in the early 1950s. Originally, Furset came to East Lansing on a full scholarship to play football for Clarence “Biggie” Mann, but after an injury during his first fall with the Spartans his path led him to the Sparta basketball team. With 120 walks he got out and in 53 became captain, where he played for Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell.
After graduating from college Eric O. became a DJ at WILS. He stayed there for 14 years, and on Saturday he filled the Lansing Civic Center with people.
From 1968 to 2002, he was a public speaker at MSU Basketball Games, bridging the gap between Janison Fieldhouse and the Breslin Center.
He also lent his voice to the MSU football team from 1971 to 1998.
In the late 70s and early 80s Furset also worked on WLNS-TV.
Then there was his love of hosting the MHSAA Basketball Finals for both boys and girls. His passion, which spanned five decades.
He was the voice of MSU Athletics and Michigan High School.