Big changes in WSU radio booth

THE LEGENDARY VOICE of Cougar Football will remain on the air for his 47th season with the team but the play-by-play duties this season will belong to Bud Nameck, two different sources in a position to know told today. WSU later confirmed the move in a press release.

When reached today and asked if a change in the booth was coming this season, Robertson simply said he's happy with the situation and is looking forward to another season of covering Cougar Football.

"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," said Robertson in the official WSU release. "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."

Other sources, however, told CF.C Robertson was forced into the new role. Efforts to reach Nameck earlier today by CF.C proved fruitless.

Robertson will now head the pregame, halftime and postgame portions of the broadcast.

He may also be involved here and there during the game, a broadcaster emeritus if you will, but Nameck will be the lead and handle the play-by-play.

"I have no idea what may or may not be changing in the booth, but I can tell you that Bob is one of the best to ever step behind a mic in this country," said former Cougar color commentator and periodic CF.C columnist Paul Sorensen when contacted today. "I had the privilege of working side-by-side with him on Cougar broadcasts for many years and just can't say enough good things about him.

"Bob really is to Washington State what Vin Scully is to the Los Angeles Dodgers -- an icon and hall of famer. He's also one of the finest people around. If his role is changing, but we still get to listen to him every Saturday, then I'd say we're pretty lucky, because having Bob just step back and retire would be like a meth junkie going cold turkey."

Robertson's first season with the Cougs was nearly half a century ago, in 1964. His missed three seasons (1969-71) when the station where he worked picked up the rights to Huskies broadcasts, but has been in the Cougar football booth continuously since 1972.

He was also the Cougars' basketball voice for 23 years.

This will be the second straight year the WSU football radio booth has seen changes.

Color man Jim Walden was let go by Bill Moos after 11 years following his outspoken criticism on the firing of former coach Paul Wulff. Nameck for the 2012 season was brought up to the press box from the sideline and Shawn McWashington was added to make it a three-man booth. KIRO's Jessamyn McIntyre was added as the sideline reporter.

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