Bob Rondeau, a Husky Hall of Famer and the longtime voice of the Huskies, has his name permanently etched in Husky football history. The home radio broadcast booth at Husky Stadium was named after him in November 2017 the week of his final broadcast in it: a 41-14 Apple Cup victory over arch-rival Washington State.
Rondeau began calling UW football games in 1978, serving as Bruce King’s analyst for three seasons as an employee of Seattle’s KOMO-AM 1000.
He slid over into the play-by-play chair in 1981 and, with the exception of a three-year stint where rights holders changed from 1986 to 1988, held that position until he retired at the end of the 2017 football season.
On Monday, November 20, 2017, just five days before Bob’s final home game at Husky Stadium, athletic director Jen Cohen honored him by naming the home radio booth after him. That same day, he recorded an interview with his successor, which you can listen to here.
Rondeau was inducted to the Husky Hall of Fame in 2016 and was named the Washington state sportscaster of the year 11 times in his career.
BOB RONDEAU RETIREMENT COVERAGE:
- Listen to Bob Rondeau’s final call and more highlights from the Fiesta Bowl (Seattle Times / December 31, 2017)
- Washington Announcer Bob Rondeau ended his career with a humble final sign-off (Deadspin / December 30, 2017)
- After nearly four decades, Bob Rondeau has one last game to call: Inside UW’s tribute to the Voice of the Huskies (Seattle Times / December 22, 2017)
- ‘Thanks Bob’: Standing ovation for Bob Rondeau in his final broadcast at Husky Stadium (Seattle Times / November 26, 2017)
- Huskies announcer Bob Rondeau is calling his final game, met his wife when she was pressed into spotter duty (Awful Announcing / November 23, 2017)
- You may know his voice. But do you really know Bob Rondeau? (Tacoma News Tribune / November 21, 2017)
- Thank you, Bob Rondeau, Voice of the Huskies (Seattle Times / August 31, 2017)
- Voice of the Huskies Bob Rondeau retiring after 2017 season (Seattle Times / April 20, 2017)