Roth named Virginia Sportscaster of the Year for Sixth Time






January 10, 2004

Bill Roth, play-by-play broadcaster for football and men's basketball on the Virginia Tech ISP Sports Radio Network, has been named the 2003 Virginia Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Voting was conducted by writers and broadcasters throughout the Commonwealth.

The award is Roth's third consecutive honor from the NSSA and marks the sixth time he's been honored as Virginia's top sportscaster during his illustrious 16-year career with the Hokies. He received the same award in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, and now 2003.

"It's an honor to win this award because there are so many talented broadcasters in our state," says Roth, who also serves as the host of ISP's radio talk shows featuring Tech coaches and the ISP Sports Network's weekly television show, Virginia Tech Sports Today.

Mike Burnop, Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver, and Bill Roth prepare for the ISP Sports broadcast of the Hokies' Insight Bowl game in Phoenix. Roth and Burnop have broadcast 189 consecutive Virginia Tech football games dating back to 1988, including 11 straight Tech bowl games.

"This honor is a reflection of a team effort from people like Mike Burnop and the great crew in our booth, our administrative team in Blacksburg, and the hard working people at our ISP studios who work countless hours," Roth said.

"Bill Roth is the absolute best," Tech head football coach Frank Beamer said. "Working with him has always been easy and he is so professional. He has a recognizable voice. When you hear it, you immediately think "Virginia Tech" and I like that," Beamer said.

Richmond Times Dispatch Sportswriter Jeff White was named Virginia's Sportswriter of the Year for 2003. Roth and White will be honored along with other state and national winners at the annual NSSA Awards Program in Salisbury, NC, on May 1st.