BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech athletics department announced Monday that it will be giving away a commemorative print that celebrates the silver anniversary season of broadcasters Bill Roth and Mike Burnop to anyone who makes a contribution of at least $25 to a Virginia Tech Athletic Fund endowment, which funds student-athlete scholarships.
The ultimate goal is to get enough contributions to establish an endowment in the name of Ellen Burnop, Mike’s wife, and Lynda Roth, Bill’s sister. Both passed away within a month of each other this summer after bouts with lung cancer. Ellen and Mike Burnop were a team in business as well life, running New River Office Supply in Blacksburg together, while Lynda Roth was a composer and performer and lived in Laguna Beach, Calif.
The athletics department recognized Roth and Burnop for their 25 years as a tandem broadcasting football game by presenting the print, designed by noted local artist George Wills, at halftime of the Georgia Tech game. The department officially announced the scholarship plans at that time.
Roth and Burnop began broadcasting football games together in 1988 after then-Tech AD Dave Braine hired Roth to be the play-by-play announcer for Tech broadcasts. Roth replaced Jeff Charles, who had left to take a job at East Carolina. Burnop, a former Tech tight end and a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, had worked with Charles for five years as the color analyst and stayed on board following Roth’s hiring.
The Tech-Austin Peay game will mark Roth’s and Burnop’s 300th as a broadcasting tandem. Kickoff for that game is 1:30 p.m.
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