Longtime WSU football radio announcer Bob Robertson has died at 91

Longtime WSU football radio announcer Bob Robertson has died at 91

Longtime Washington State University radio announcer Bob Robertson has died at 91, a source with WSU Alumni tells KIRO 7.

Robertson was a fixture on WSU football and basketball broadcasts for five decades.

“Today is a sad day for Cougs all over the world,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “Bob Robertson is an iconic figure in the history of Cougar Athletics and sports radio broadcasting. His ability to vividly paint a picture of our football and basketball games brought generations of Cougs together for over half a century. We are thankful for his impact on WSU. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Robertson Family.”

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Born in 1929, he began his partnership with Washington State University in 1964. Robertson served as the play-by-play voice from 1964 to 2011 before moving to the analyst chair for seven seasons.

He was behind the mic for 589 Cougar football games, including 568 consecutive broadcasts from 1964-2016.

Robertson was also the voice of WSU basketball for 23 years, which included several NCAA tournaments.

Robertson was named Washington’s Sportscaster of the Year on 12 occasions, and was named State Broadcaster of the Year in 1995.

He is survived by his four children, Hugh, Janna, John and Rebecca, and seven grandchildren. His wife Joanne died in 2011 after 59 years of marriage.