Bob Robertson and Cougar football. It’s a marriage that’s in its 44th season, and nobody is better associated with Saturday afternoons and Cougar football than the veteran sports broadcaster. And while Cougar fans have always shown their approval and appreciation for this play-by-play broadcaster, his peers have voted him Washington Sportscaster of the Year 15 times.
Robertson, who 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. 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.
Born in California in the midst of a baseball spring training camp, Robertson grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and began his broadcasting career playing “little kid” roles on Canadian Broadcasting Company radio shows. He did high school play-by-play and eventually became the voice of the Western Washington Vikings, where he studied broadcasting.
Before doing the Cougar broadcasts Robertson called Wenatchee Chief baseball games. He also was the sports director for KSTW-TV from 1956-70 (then called KTNT) and then again from 1976-83, and he helped put KMO television on the air. Robertson also worked Notre Dame football broadcasts in 1955-56 and did Pacific Coast League baseball for 11 seasons at KTNT.
Bob has broadcast or telecast most sports during his career, including Professional Hockey, Boxing, Wrestling, Hydroplane Races and Soccer in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. Bob had his Major League ‘cup of coffee’ when he called a few Seattle Mariner games in the late 90’s.
In addition to his close association with WSU, Robertson handles back-up play-by-play duties for the Tacoma Rainiers and the Spokane Indians. During Basketball season, he’s at the ‘mic’ for the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes.
Bob lives in University Place. Joanne, his wife of 59 years, passed away in March of 2011. The Robertson’s had four children, sons Bob Jr. and John and daughters Janna and Rebecca. Bob Jr., Janna and John have all spent time in the broadcast booth with their dad.
Cougar fans speak highly of Robertson, and his trademark “Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways,” is not only associated with Robertson, but with the end of every Cougar broadcast.