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 Coaches Show in the fall and winter seasons.
Cougar football broadcasts begin an hour before kickoff, carry through the game and conclude with post-game interviews with players and coaches.
Jessamyn McIntyre, Bob Robertson, Shawn McWashington and Bud Nameck
Hall of fame announcer Bob Robertson Sr. is in his 44th 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, Robertson 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.
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."
Once Cougar football sideline reporter, KXLY's Bud Nameck will transition to the booth to call the action for Washington State football in the 2012 season. Bud also handles the network's play-by-play duties during the Cougar men's basketball season. He served as sports director for at KXLY for 13 years, 1982-95, and was the voice of Cougar football for FOX Sports Northwest for 14 years, 1988-2001.
He is currently the Cougars Sports Radio Network Director and resides in Spokane with his wife Diane and daughter Kelsey.
Jessamyn McIntyre will join the team as a sideline reporter for Cougar football. Jessamyn serves as executive producer for 710 ESPN Seattle and The Kevin Calabro Show. Find Jessamyn on Twitter
Shawn McWashington will provide game analysis for Washington State football starting in 2012. McWashington was a member of WSU's "Fab Five" receiving corps on the 1997 Rose Bowl team.
The 2012 Cougar Sports Network - (Subject to Change)
|Moses Lake||KBSN-AM||1470||X ||X ||X|
|Mount Vernon||KAPS-AM||660||X ||X ||-|
|Omak||KNCW-FM ||92.7||X ||- ||-|
|Portland, OR||KUIK-AM||1360||X ||-||-|
|Pullman||KHTR-FM||104.3|| X ||X|| X|
|Pullman||KQQQ-AM|| 1150 ||-||-|| (bsb, wbb, vb)|
|Seattle||KIRO-AM||710|| X ||X ||X|
|Pasco||KONA-AM||610||X ||X ||X|
|Walla Walla||KGDC-AM||1320||X ||X ||X|
|Yakima||KJOX-AM||1390||X ||X|| X|
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