Roth set for Hollywood Debut this Friday
Voice of the Hokies to appear in TV Show 'Blind Date'
November 19, 2001

For the past 14 years, Bill Roth has handled the radio play-by-play duties for Virginia Tech's football and basketball teams and hosted Virginia Tech Sports Today, the weekly television show highlighting Tech sports. He's worked for ESPN and NCAA Productions for sporting events such as lacrosse, women's basketball, and field hockey.

This Friday, however, Roth makes his Hollywood Debut as an actor, in the series Blind Date, which will seen throughout the United States.

In Friday's episode, Roth plays a sportscaster who shares professional tips with two people learning the ropes of broadcasting a basketball game featuring the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.

"I got to play myself, so the acting part wasn't difficult," Roth said. "The guy and the young lady are on a blind date, and he brings her to the Clipper's game. I get called into the picture to help them with their broadcasting skills. As the game progresses, we end up working more on how the date is going than how to call a basketball game."

The episode was shot this past summer at the NBA Summer League in Los Angeles.

"Bill's popular in Virginia, but we're going to make him even bigger," Blind Date producer Joel Raatz said. "He did a great job in front of the camera."

Also appearing with Roth in Friday's episode is current L.A. Clipper and former North Carolina Tar Heel Jeff McInnis.

For a complete list of stations carrying Friday's show, consult the Blind Date web site:

In Virginia, the show can be seen Friday, November 23rd at the following times:
Norfolk: WVBT, Fox 43, 5:00 p.m.
Richmond: WUPV, UPN 65, 3:00 a.m.
Roanoke: WB, 7:00 p.m.
Bristol: WAPK, Channel 30, 11:00 p.m.
Washington: WPDC, WB 50, 10 :00 p.m.