PULLMAN — Legendary broadcaster Bob Robertson isn’t leaving Washington State’s radio booth, but there will be someone else calling play-by-play during football games this season.
WSU announced Friday that while Robertson will remain a part of the three-man broadcast team for football games, his broadcast partner, Bud Nameck, will take over play-by-play duties.
Robertson still will help host pregame, halftime and postgame shows, and provide analysis along with former WSU receiver Shawn McWashington.
“I will be almost 85 years old by the end of the season and my energy level isn’t what it was when I was 35,” Robertson said in a statement released by the school. “I’m not going to get any younger so I’d rather people remember me the way I was as opposed to the way I will be. It is time to pass the torch.”
Nameck is a familiar voice for Cougar fans. He has been the WSU men’s basketball play-by-play broadcaster since 1993, and he started in 2002 as a sideline reporter for football games. He was moved to the booth last season with the intention of eventually taking over for Robertson.
Athletic director Bill Moos said he didn’t anticipate that move happening so soon. But Moos said after he sat down with Robertson for their annual discussion, they decided it was best to rearrange duties. Robertson, who has called 520 WSU games since 1964, has struggled with his vision in recent years.
“We talked about that a little bit and came to the mutual decision that this would be good,” Moos said. “He has to be a part of Cougar football. He is, in my opinion, as big of an icon with Cougar athletics as there’s ever been, and I’m going to protect him. He’s with us as long as I’m around.”
This is the second season that has brought change in WSU’s broadcast booth.
Longtime color analyst Jim Walden was relieved of his duties after the 2011 season. McWashington and Nameck moved to the booth, and Jessamyn McIntyre took over on the sideline.
Washington State football games are slated to be broadcast on 1030-AM and 710-AM during the 2013 season.
COUGARS GOING BIG WITH NEW SCOREBOARD
WSU announced Thursday that a new scoreboard more than double the size of the old one will be added in the east end of Martin Stadium before the Sept. 14 home opener against Southern Utah.
Construction workers have been building the support structure for the new scoreboard during the past few weeks. According to WSU, the high-definition LED Daktronics board will be 73 feet wide and 36 feet high, and it will be 112 percent larger than the old scoreboard.
Also, an LED ribbon board is being constructed on the faade of the stadium’s premium seating structure. That board will display scores, graphics and animations, and will span 347 feet. It will be 4 feet high.
A source estimated the cost of both scoreboards at around $3.5 million.