Tuesday, May 8, 2012
WSU announces new broadcast team
By ESPN.com staff
Change keeps coming at Washington State as athletic director Bill Moos continues to put his stamp on the football program.
The school announced major changes Monday on its football broadcast team. Out is color commentator Jim Walden, a former Cougars coach, and in is Bud Nameck and Shawn McWashington, who both will join longtime play-by-play man Bob Robertson in the booth. The broadcast also will add Jessamyn McIntyre as a sideline reporter.
Further, football and men's basketball will move to 710 ESPN radio in Seattle.
Robertson is returning for his 46th season. That Walden is not will bother more than a few Cougs -- as well as some reporters who found him endlessly amusing -- but Walden's outspoken defense of former coach Paul Wulff rubbed some important folks the wrong way.
“Jim Walden and I have been friends for over 30 years and continue to be friends,” Moos told The Spokesman-Review. “I just thought we needed a fresh approach. Basically everything having to do with Cougar football is being revamped, from uniforms to the stadium to the coach to our replay boards to our marketing – everything – and the changes in the radio broadcast format is just a part of it.”
The press release said Cougar gameday broadcasts will include a two-hour pregame and one-hour postgame football show and a 30-minute pre- and postgame show for men's basketball. 710 ESPN also will air a weekly, season-long segment featuring coach Mike Leach heard during the “Kevin Calabro Show with Jim Moore” along with special Cougar Athletics programming on both 710 ESPN Seattle and KTTH 770 AM.