WSU radio shakeup: Nameck out, Chazanow in

BUD NAMECK, a voice ubiquitous with Washington State basketball and football for close to three decades, is out as play-by-play man of both sports and will be replaced by Matt Chazanow, a manager with IMG, the company that owns the rights to Cougar radio broadcasts. Chazanow has worked as a fill-in announcer on Pitt Panthers football and basketball games since graduating from Syracuse in 2006.

“Matt has tremendous broadcast credentials, including having called hundreds of games on the IMG Network the past seven years,” said Chris Ferris, VP of Broadcasting for IMG College. “We’re very excited to have a single personality unifying WSU’s major sports and contributing to world-class broadcasts. Matt will be a great addition to the Cougar’s broadcasting teams.”

Now living in Winston-Salem, N.C., the plan is for Chazanow (pictured above, center, black hair) to move permanently to Pullman and join the IMG staff handling the WSU account. He has spent the past seven years managing eight IMG college network broadcasts (Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and Washington). And he called Cougar basketball games at the Great Alaska Shootout this past year. To get a sense of the style he’ll bring to Cougar Nation, here’s a short audio clip of his work calling baseball:

Nameck has been in the WSU football radio booth the past three years -- the last two as the play-by-play announcer -- after serving as the sideline reporter from 2002-11. Prior to that, he spent a dozen years as the television play-by-play man for local and regional Cougar football broadcasts on Prime and Fox Sports Northwest from 1988-2001. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for Cougar basketball since 1993-94.

“Bud has been a true professional in his many years covering Washington State and we greatly appreciate all he has done for Cougar Athletics," WSU Sports Information Director Bill Stevens told CF.C. "At the same time we value the partnership formed with IMG College. They are always looking to improve their broadcasts for fans and felt this was an opportunity to do so.”

The announcement, made this morning by IMG, caught the long-time Cougars we talked with completely off guard.

“Given how long Bud apprenticed under Bob (Robertson) for football and the graceful way he tried to keep Bob involved in the football broadcasts the last two seasons, this is a real surprise.” said one alum.


BUD NAMECK AND KYLE WEAVER IN 2009

“I could see how he (Bud) wasn’t a perfect fit for football, but dumping him from basketball really brings an end to an outstanding body of work,” said another.

Nameck’s ouster by IMG also extends to the Monday morning radio shows he hosts with Moos. He’ll be replaced in that role by one of his colleagues at KXLY News Radio, morning news anchor — and WSU graduate — Derek Deis.

“I have had the best seat in the house for more than 30 years being able to broadcast WSU sports,” said Nameck in the IMG release. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Cougar nation. I am grateful to have created Cougar friendships over the years that will last a lifetime.”

Nameck is the fourth casualty in as many years on the Cougars’ football broadcasts. A year ago, color analyst Shawn McWashington was replaced by Jason Gesser. The year before that, long-serving Jim Walden was replaced by McWashington while Robertson’s role was downsized and Nameck made the centerpiece of the broadcast.

Chazanow will also serve as the voice of Cougar baseball broadcasts. Steven Grubbs, who has called baseball for the past 10 seasons at WSU, remains as the voice of Cougar volleyball and women’s basketball.


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