PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State football broadcast team, comprised of Bob Robertson, Bud Nameck, Shawn McWashington and Jessamyn McIntyre, will undergo a revamping in time for the 2013 football season, it was announced today by WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos.
Robertson will slide over from his familiar role and pass the microphone to Nameck. Beginning this season, Robertson will host the Cougars pre, halftime and postgame shows, while also providing analysis during the games.
“Bob and I had discussions this summer and we were in agreement that with the demands placed on a five-hour broadcast, this is the best move going forward,” said Moos. “Bob Robertson is synonymous with Cougar Athletics and will be a member of our broadcast team for as long as I am athletic director. The ultimate goal is to have him in the booth for many years to come.”
Robertson has called Cougar football play-by-play for 470 consecutive games, and 520 overall dating back to 1964. He began calling Cougar football games in 1964 and with the exception of three seasons (1969-71), has called every Cougar broadcast since.
“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. “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.”
Nameck, who joined the broadcast crew as the sideline reporter in 2002 and moved to the booth last season, will handle play-by-play duties this season alongside Robertson and analyst McWashington, who begins his second season at his alma mater. McIntyre also begins her second season as the Cougars’ sideline reporter.
Washington State opens its season Friday, Aug. 31 at Auburn. Gametime is set for 4 p.m. PT.