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Roth named new Voice of the Rams

May 12, 2010

Colorado State fans have heard Brian Roth's accounts and analysis of Rams football and basketball, in a supporting role, for nine years. But beginning in 2010, Roth will take the lead microphone on the CSU Radio Network as Voice of the Rams.

Play-by-play for football and men's basketball

Brian Roth will take the lead microphone on the CSU Radio Network as the Voice of the Rams beginning Sept. 4 at Invesco Field vs. CU.

The CSU athletic department, in conjunction with Nelligan Sports Marketing, made the announcement Wednesday, making Roth only the fifth individual over the last two decades to hold that title. Roth will call play-by-play action for every CSU football and men’s basketball game.

"I am humbled to be named Voice of the Rams,” Roth said. “Colorado State athletics is something I have a very strong passion for and I hope I can translate that passion to the Ram fans on gamedays.”

Color commentator also named

In addition, the Rams announced Wednesday, Kevin McGlue will move permanently from the sideline to the football booth, to serve as Roth’s color commentator. Nelligan and the CSU athletic department have 4-5 finalists already selected to fill McGlue’s sideline role for football, and Roth’s play-by-play role for women’s basketball. Applications are no longer being accepted.

During the football season, Roth will host the Coors Light Steve Fairchild Radio Show on Wednesday nights, as well as the Coors Light Basketball Coaches Show during the hoops season. Both shows air live from the Stonehouse Grille in Old Town Fort Collins on the CSU Radio Network.

A versatile and accomplished professional, Roth worked the past three years alongside Jerry Schemmel (2009) and Rich Bircumshaw (2007-08) as the Rams’ color man for football broadcasts. For six seasons before that, he served as the network’s sideline reporter.

Experience calling women's basketball

Roth, 35, debuted as the play-by-play man for CSU women’s basketball in 2000-01, and held that role until this week. During his 10-year tenure courtside at Moby Arena, Roth was behind the microphone for three NCAA tournament games, a regular-season MWC championship and an MWC tournament title.

"The future of Colorado State is bright,” Roth said. “Paul Kowalczyk has the Rams moving in a positive direction and the athletic programs across the board are on the upswing. With coaches like Tom Hilbert, Steve Fairchild, Tim Miles and Kristen Holt, I am confident Ram fans will have a lot to cheer for in the coming years."

The transition

Roth replaces Schemmel, the Rams’ voice during the 2009-10 academic year. Schemmel, the Denver Nuggets’ play-by-play man since 1992, in January accepted a position to join the Colorado Rockies booth, potentially tying him up from spring training in March through the World Series in early November.

“I very much appreciate CSU’s willingness to work through the schedule conflicts, I really do,” said Schemmel, who would not have had even a one-week vacation during the 12-month calendar had he remained as the Voice of the Rams.

“I'm flattered that CSU would want to navigate with me through all that. I have told CSU over and over again that I loved the last eight months working with Steve Fairchild, Tim Miles and the Rams! Honestly, I have. It’s been a blast! And I feel terrible at having to leave. My family and I have been treated like royalty from Day 1 and I really, really appreciate that. It has been an awesome experience. In fact, I told my wife that if the Rockies opportunity had not surfaced, I would do the Rams for as long as they would possibly have me at CSU.”

History of the Voice of the Rams

Schemmel replaced the late Rich Bircumshaw, who passed away unexpectedly in April 2009, as the Voice of the Rams. Schemmel (2009-10), Bircumshaw (2002-09), Wyatt Thompson (1996-01) and Steve Anderson (1989-96) preceded Roth. Prior to Anderson, Gene Benson (1987-88), Mike Haffner (1985-86), Larry Zimmer (1983-84), Mike Nolan (1980-82) and Al Trask (1979) called Rams action over the last 30 seasons.

"This is a very special job to me,” Roth added. “The people that make up Colorado State are extraordinary and to continue to be a part of this university is something that means so much to me. And to follow in the footsteps of such great broadcasters that have come through here is exciting and daunting. Wyatt Thompson really helped me as a young broadcaster. My late friend Rich Bircumshaw is one of the most remarkable men I have ever met and he will always be present in our CSU broadcasts. And of course, to work with Jerry Schemmel last year was a thrill. I am honored to be part of such a great collection of broadcasters.”

Official debut Sept. 4

Roth and McGlue, who called the Rams’ Green & Gold Game April 24, will make their official debut together in the CSU football booth at Invesco Field Sept. 4 when the Rams clash with in-state rival Colorado. More


Contact: Zak Gilbert
E-mail: zak.gilbert@colostate.edu
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