Thompson Tosses a Curve – Takes K-ST Job Instead

When it became known that Rich Bircumshaw would be taking over as the play-by-play voice of the CSU Rams, even he thought it meant that the man he was replacing, Wyatt Thompson - Sports Director at Clear Channel in Denver, would be moving into the booth with Larry Zimmer and the CU Buffs.

But late in the week, Thompson threw everyone a curveball, and accepted the play-by-play job at Kansas State – where he will be reunited with Athletic Director Tim Weiser, former AD at CSU.

Thompson was named the "Voice of the Wildcats" for the K-State Sports Network, where he will join former Wildcat quarterback Stan Weber on the football broadcasts this fall. He will also serve as the host of the Bill Snyder Show on television and will join Coach Snyder on weekly Cat Chat call-in shows on the radio network.

Thompson will be a full-time employee of the athletic department and will also serve as the play-by-play voice on Wildcat men's basketball. He will be involved in various Catbacker Club, alumni and athletic-department functions in his new role.

"I'm thrilled, it's an opportunity for me to come home," said Thompson, who noted that he grew up a Wildcat fan. "To work again for (K-State athletics director) Tim Weiser, someone I respect and admire a great deal, and the opportunity for me to work in the Big 12 are wonderful. To work at a school like K-State is a tremendous opportunity."

"I'm personally very pleased that Wyatt will join us on the network," said Weiser. "He did a wonderful and very professional job at Colorado State, and our fans enjoyed his broadcasts. He will be another in a long line of outstanding broadcasters who have done great work at Kansas State."

"I am pleased that Wyatt will be doing our games along with Stan Weber," said Wildcat head football coach Bill Snyder. "He is a tremendous person and a loyal Kansan who comes highly recommended by many in the profession who I greatly respect.

"I am confident he and Stan will make a great Kansas State team," added Snyder. "Both possess a greatly admired professionalism which is greatly appreciated. Wyatt fits in very well with the succession of tremendous broadcasters we have had through my tenure at Kansas State."

"When I heard his tape, I thought it was the best play-by-play I'd heard in years by any individual," said Larry Steckline, the owner of the K-State Sports Network. "The quality of his voice, his knowledge of the game and the excitement he put into it was exactly what our network has been looking for.

"We're excited also that he's a Kansas native and has roots here, that's important to me," said Steckline. "It's also important that he comes with high recommendations from Colorado State as not only a great play-by-play man but a great person."

Thompson had done Rams football as the play-by-play man for the past five seasons and won the Colorado Broadcasting Association for best play-by-play in 2000.

"This is a great opportunity for Wyatt to go back home, but it's a huge loss for us at this end," said Don Martin, program director at AM 850 KOA and at AM 760 KZZN. "He's become an icon at CSU and an important person in sports in the Denver area. You guys have definitely won big on this one. You've got yourselves one of the nation's best play-by-play guys, and it's a great plus for the state of Kansas. That's not just because he's a great play-by-play broadcaster, but he's also a great person."

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