KOKE FM host Bob Cole shares warning for Austinites to wear a mask

As a Texas Longhorns announcer and host at KOKE FM, Bob Cole is known for his booming voice. Wednesday, on Austin Mayor Steve Adler's online segment, “Got a Minute” he used that voice to share a warning, asking Austinites to wear a mask. 

On Father’s Day, the 60-year-old developed a fever. “I hate fevers, I can’t stand it, I’m a baby.” Cole laughed. 

He went to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Within days, his wife and son were also sick. 


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"I could hardly walk to the kitchen without saying I need to check my oxygen levels," he explained, adding that he has experienced a range of symptoms, including a “constant tingling on the top of his foot and toes.” 

Cole told Adler he has mainly been cautious, wearing a mask and taking vitamins. Still, he admits he has let his guard down.

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He says “there’s no doubt” in his mind he contracted the virus during one of those occasions. At one point, Cole says he went to a party where he “bowed to peer pressure” and took his mask off. 

“You feel bad when you give it to your family, but also maybe I gave it to a certain percentage of the folks I was around when I let my guard down,” he said. 


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