Bill Roth returns as play-by-play voice for Virginia Tech Football

Veteran broadcaster assumes a familiar role in Blacksburg

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4/8/2022 11:00:00 AM

Blacksburg – Virginia Tech Athletics and LEARFIELD, the Hokies’ multimedia rights partner, announced on Friday the return of Bill Roth as stage host for Virginia Tech Football, a role he previously held for 27 seasons.

Longtime Virginia Tech anchor is making his way to Blacksburg to help usher in the next era of technical football under the head coach. Brent stared. In addition to returning to the booth at Lane Stadium, Roth will continue to serve as Professor of Practice in the College of Communications where he helped launch the rapidly growing Sports Media and Analytics program.

Also, Ruth will remain part of ESPN’s college football broadcast team that calls out games during tech open dates, along with midweek and post-season games.

“What an exciting time to be back in hockey,” Roth noted. “We have so many stories to tell and memories to make for tech enthusiasts of all generations. There is so much positive momentum around Virginia Tech Athletics now under the leadership of Whit Babcock and his staff. It’s great to be a part of again when we start running Brent stared era.”

A familiar voice for tech fans, Ruth was the “voice of hockey” from 1988-2015 working with both football and men’s basketball. Now, he will only focus on football.

“Bill Roth’s return as the voice of play via Virginia Tech Football should be a perfect fit for someone whose heart has never left Blacksburg,” Technical Director of Athletics Witt Babcock He said. “Bill has been responsible for some of the most iconic radio calls in Hokies history and we all look forward to hearing him describe more memorable moments alongside his longtime partner, Mike Bernop. Coach Bray and I greatly appreciate Bill’s depth of knowledge about all things hockey, as well as his colorful storytelling skills. Welcome back, Bill! “

“Bill Roth is a hockey fan, and we’re excited to have him back in touch with football and host a new podcast that we know fans will love,” he said. Killer Peeling, General Manager of Virginia Tech Sports Properties, the local LEARFIELD team dedicated to serving hokies. “We appreciate the collaboration of Whit and the entire Athletics Department with us in the process around Bale’s return, and we look forward to officially starting the season with the spring game next Saturday.”

Roth brings a great appreciation for the history and traditions of Virginia Tech since his first assignment in Blacksburg. He was the voice of the football program’s rise from Independence to BIG EAST and then to ACC, describing some of the Hokies’ most significant moments in the program’s history along the way.

In 2016, the 11-time Virginia named helped establish Sports Media and Analytics as a hub within Virginia Tech Communications College. In December 2019, the program was upgraded to a major.

“This is a special place for me,” Roth admitted. This stadium. This campus. This community. As a broadcaster and now as a coach, I’ve seen how Virginia Tech impacts the lives of its students and student-athletes. It’s a great place with real, really caring people, and I’m just thrilled to be back at the booth with my dear friend, Mike Bernop. Reunion tours can be fun, and I’m so glad we got the band back together again! “

“Bill and I have enjoyed many unforgettable Virginia Tech moments over the years,” Burnup added. “I am delighted to welcome him back to the Blacksburg broadcast booth as a friend and colleague. From the National Championship game in New Orleans to Michael Vick and the prodigy in Morgantown, we’ve shared countless matches with the Hokie Nation over the years. There was a time Tyrod ‘did it’ against Nebraska I look forward to sharing more Virginia Tech football wins and great plays with Bale starting again this fall.”
 

In addition to his stage duties at Tech Football, Roth plans to host Tech Athletics’ podcast and will write a regular column for Inside Hokie Sports.

Ruth graduated from the prestigious SI Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse in 1987. After graduating, Ruth used his display reel from the 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament between Syracuse and Indiana to help land his first date with Virginia Tech in 1988 He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ruth will call up Saturday’s spring game, presented by PMSi, on TV for ACC, with former Tech Wide receiver Eddie Royal handling the color commentary and reporting Taylor Davis from the sidelines. Tickets for the 2022 spring game are on sale at Virginia Tech Football For only $5, plus the option to add a $5 minimum to support tech football.

Ruth will officially return to the Hokies radio booth on Friday, September 2 at the Tech season opener at the Old Dominion.

Gallery: (4-8-2022) Bill Roth through the years

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