Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Robertson, who called Washington State football for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 91.
Washington State said Robertson died Sunday at his home.
Robertson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 when he received the Chris Schenkel Award.
Bob Robertson served as the lead broadcaster for Washington State football from 1964-2011 — except for three years between 1969 and 1971 — before moving into an analyst role. He retired midway through the 2018 season.
A fixture in the WSU radio booth, Robertson, in October 2018, announced he was retiring, ending a career that spanned 52 years, 10 United States presidents and 10 Cougars head coaches. He described more than 260 WSU football victories….
“As of this moment, I’ve now asked the athletic department at Washington State University to list me as a retired, former sportscaster for the Cougars,” Robertson said. “It is a matter of getting old is what it is. Everything seems to move a lot faster around me, I move more slowly. I hope to see you soon, I’m not going to go away. I like Washington State people and the school itself too much to do that.”…
Robertson also called Washington State basketball for 23 years, along with Pacific Coast League baseball and professional soccer in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. He also broadcast Notre Dame football and basketball on television for two years in the 1950s.
In 1949, he passed up playing baseball in the Pacific Coast League to accept his first radio play-by-play position with the Wenatchee Chiefs.
His voice became a fixture in the region over the next seven decades. In the Tacoma area, where he spent much of his life and career, Robertson was known for his work in minor league baseball.
Bob Robertson-KTAC Sport Report 1990 (2:06)
Known for his traditional sign off, “Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways,” Robertson brought a simple style to the broadcasts of Cougar football. When he announced his retirement Robertson said, “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s been great to be with you Cougars at your meetings and get-togethers, and I hope we can do it again and I’m sure we will.”
Robertson was a 12-time Washington state sportscaster of the year and was the first broadcaster west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the Hall’s broadcaster division. He was behind the microphone for 589 Washington State football games.