Weekly Radio Shows
Cougar football games are broadcast live on the radio throughout the Pacific Northwest via the Washington State IMG College Sports Network. The 25-station football network - one of the largest in the Pac-12 - reaches from British Columbia to Oregon and can be heard worldwide via the internet and XM Satellite radio. The men's basketball network includes 17 stations.
IMG Sports produces the Washington State IMG College Sports Network, which also features radio coverage of WSU men's basketball, baseball, women's basketball and women's volleyball, and the U.S. Bank Cougar Coach's Show in the fall and winter seasons.
Cougar football broadcasts begin one hour before kickoff, carry through the game and conclude with post-game interviews with players and coaches.
Hall of fame announcer Bob Robertson Sr. is in his 49th season calling Cougar football action. When Cougar fans gather and talk about Saturday afternoons in the fall on the Palouse, football and Robertson just naturally become part of the conversation. The long-time Cougar broadcaster began his association with WSU football in 1964 and with the exception of a three-year period in 1969-71, he's been calling the Cougar action ever since.
Robertson's peers have selected him Washington Sportscaster of the Year 12 times, validating what Cougar fans have known for years - he is simply the best. In 1995 he was named the State Broadcaster of the Year. Robertson was inducted into both the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Inland Empire Hall of Fame in 2001-02, and in August 2004 received the prestigious Chris Schenkel Award at ceremonies held at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. At the same time he became the first broadcaster west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame - broadcaster division. He is also a member of the Pierce County Hall of Fame.
Bob's association with WSU runs deeper than just football broadcasts. For 23 years he was the voice of Cougar Basketball, including several NCAA tournament teams. In 1978-79, he was named WSU's Dad of the Year and he also worked with the WSU Cougar Club on the west side in the 1980's. Robertson was born in Fullerton, Calif., during spring training of the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League. At the time his father was a player for the Seattle club. After graduating from Blaine (Wash.) High School, he attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he launched his broadcasting career. His first broadcasting exposure came as a young actor for the Canadian Broadcasting Company in Vancouver, B.C., then bloomed while attending college. In 1948 Robertson signed to play professional baseball, but a year later gave up playing to become the voice of the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League, his first full-time broadcasting opportunity.
Among his many accomplishments, Roberts has:
- ► Spent 25 years calling Pacific Coast League baseball in Seattle and Tacoma
- ► Broadcast professional soccer in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland; he was Washington's Soccer Man of the Year in 1983
- ► Broadcast hockey, boxing, wrestling and hydroplane races
- ► Had his "cup of coffee" in major league baseball, broadcasting some Seattle Mariner games in the late 1990's
- ► Served as television sports anchor in the Seattle market for 25 years, including time with KSTW (called KTNT 1956-70, then KSTW 1976-83) and KMO (he helped put them on the air)
- ► Currently voice of the Spokane Indians baseball team and Pacific Lutheran University basketball
- ► Served as the television voice of Notre Dame football and basketball for two years in the 1950's
In the spring of 2011, Bob's wife, Joanne, passed away after 59 years of marriage. They have four children, Hugh, Janna, John and Rebecca, and seven grandchildren. The Robertsons have resided in Tacoma since 1950, with the exception of his stint with Notre Dame. As much as Robertson is part of Cougar Football Saturday, so is his closing broadcast signature, "Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways."
Matt Chazanow, a veteran of Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East football and basketball broadcasts, was named Voice of the Cougars in July, 2015. He will serve as the
Chazanow has extensive experience in broadcasting at the highest level of collegiate football, including calling national play-by-play broadcasts for ACC football, Big East and ACC postseason basketball, along with SEC and ACC postseason baseball. As a senior network manager at IMG College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Chazanow spent seven years managing eight IMG college network broadcasts (Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and Washington).
Cougar fans had a chance to hear Chazanow in November 2014 when he called the WSU men's basketball broadcasts at the Great Alaska Shootout.
Jessamyn McIntyre returns for her fourth season as a sideline reporter for Cougar football. Jessamyn serves as executive producer for 710 ESPN Seattle and The Kevin Calabro Show.
Jason Gesser enters his second season as a member of the broadcast team, joining Robertson and Chazanow in the booth as an analyst.
Gesser quarterbacked WSU from 1998-2002, leading the Cougars to the 2001 Sun Bowl and 2003 Rose Bowl, earning Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. Following his time at WSU, Gesser played in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders and the Arena Football League with the Utah Blaze. He spent five years coaching high school football in the state of Washington (2006-10), two years at Idaho (2011-12) and last season as the quarterbacks coach at Wyoming. While coaching high school Gesser also found time to serve as an analyst for ROOT Sports, working on a variety of broadcasts.
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