Barrett Stepping Away From Baseball Duties

Chuck Barrett, the Voice of the Razorbacks, announced officially on Monday that he is stepping away from doing the Arkansas baseball games after 23 years, but will continue to handle play-by-play duties for the school's football and basketball games.

Although he will continue to do football and basketball play-by-play duties for Arkansas, Chuck Barrett announced officially Monday that he is stepping away from baseball duties and also stepping down as the Razorbacks' Director of Commuications.

Barrett, known as the Voice of the Razorbacks, has done baseball for 23 seasons for Arkansas and has done all three major sports for the last few seasons.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to broadcast Razorback baseball for more than two decades," Barrett said in an Arkansas press release. "I have enjoyed watching the Razorback baseball program grow from its early stages in the SEC to the national prominence it now enjoys. I am appreciative to Coach Norm Debriyn, Coach Dave Van Horn, the hundreds of Razorback players and all those associated with Razorback baseball who helped make the past 23 years so enjoyable.

"I also owe my thanks to the various baseball broadcasting partners I have had through the years including Rick Schaeffer and Mike Nail," Barrett added. "but most of all I am thankful to the Razorback baseball fans who have tuned in night after night to follow their beloved Razorbacks.

"And while I have truly enjoyed each and every of the past 23 season, I decided it was time for me to step away from the baseball broadcasts," Barrett continued. " I sincerely appreciate the university of arkansas and img working together to create a new role that will allow me to continue my affiliation with the Razorbacks as the play-by-play broadcaster for football and men's basketball."

Barrett, who has called over 1,250 arkansas baseball games, has been a part of the Razorback football radio broadcasts in some role for the past 20 years and took over at the play-by-play announcer for basketball in 2010-2011.

Barrett will become an employee of IMG, the broadcast rights holder to Arkansas broadcasts in a deal supported by Jeff Long, Arkansas' Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics.

The former host of call-in show Sports Rap, Barrett will continue to be the host for both the Bret Bielema and Mike Anderson coaches shows.

"We are grateful to Chuck for his extraordinary work with Razorback baseball for the past 23 seasons," Long said. "Chuck is a native Arkansan and loves the Razorbacks. For generations of fans around the state, Chuck has been the voice to describe some of the most memorable moments in Razorback history. He does an outstanding job and we look forward to his continued work in football and men's basketball as well as on our coaches' shows."

Arkansas and IMG will begin a national search for the new baseball announcer.

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