Reaction to WSU's broadcast booth shakeup

BUD NAMECK'S ouster today as the "Voice of the Cougars" appeared to catch many fans and observers off guard. touched base with a handful of media types, including WSU broadcasting icon Bob Robertson, for reaction to the news. Here's what they had to say:

BOB ROBERTSON, WSU broadcasting legend:
“Bud is a great friend, I’ve known him for years and we’ve worked parallel and worked together. He’s a good solid broadcaster and does a great job. He’s a hard worker and he’s prepared, diligent and busy in the booth. I just enjoyed working with him. I just trust that Bud will be fine—he’s well known and loved in Spokane and his family is there. I’m sure he’ll continue on at KXLY (as program director) and do the things he was doing before he got into the Cougar broadcasts at the level he did.

“It happens to people in our business, and I hope Bud understands it’s not a knock on his ability at all. It’s just a matter of the guys up at the top wanting to make some changes and they get to make the changes. He’ll be alright, he’s too good a broadcaster and family man to let this knock him down ... I’m rooting for him all the way. It’s just another change in the ever-changing broadcast world. I’m sorry it affected someone I know this well and like a lot ...”

PAUL SORENSEN, former WSU color analyst
“It’s tough when you get punted, which I know about first hand. I feel bad for Bud. He did a great job for the Cougs. Change is difficult. Good people get shoved aside for different reasons. It’s a brutal business and with the football play-by-play, Bud was in a tough spot replacing a legend. You never want to be the guy replacing a legend. You want to be the guy who replaces the guy who replaced the legend ... I wish him the best and the new kid (Matt Chazanow) as well.”

JIM WALDEN, former WSU color analyst
“That’s a blow to Bud. He’s worked so hard to get these positions … I’ll be honest, I wasn’t crazy about Bud on the football play-by-play and part of that is because as a coach and color man I worked with someone so esteemed in the profession in Bob Robertson. I mean that sincerely. Who Bud followed was a tough act ... I don’t know anything about the new guy, but if you wanted to find the very best out there, why not go after Eastern Washington’s guy (reigning state sportscaster of the year Larry Weir)? He’s one of the best in the country. The timing is also interesting – we’re less than eight weeks from the start of the season …”

RYAN WITTER, cub reporter
"Every Thursday night during basketball season my parents thought I was in my room doing homework, but I was mostly listening to Cougar basketball on the radio. I grew up listening to Bud Nameck. One of my favorite Cougar sports memories, I think was about 8 at the time, was jumping around the room as Bud counted down the clock in the Cougars' win over Gonzaga in Tony Bennett's first year as coach. He was so exciting to listen to. I could picture every move in every game based just on his words and catchy phrases ... (Later on) I was able to do some Q&As with Bud for and he was so nice. I'm sad about this."

BUD WITHERS, retired Seattle Times columnist
“Bud really worked hard at his craft and comported himself with class with coaches and players ... The announcement today struck me as clumsy and badly crafted. The quote (from IMG vice president Chris Ferris) doesn’t even mention Bud, as if they were too uncomfortable to address why they were making the move. From a procedural standpoint, it also struck me as strange that the release didn’t come from WSU but from IMG College …”

BUD NAMECK in today's IMG press release
“I have had the best seat in the house for more than 30 years being able to broadcast WSU sports. 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.”

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