Weekly sports media notes version 06.02.16: Josh Lewin in as new voice of UCLA, Bill Roth moves back East

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Josh Lewin has been calling San Diego Chargers games the last 12 years and Mets games the last five seasons.

Josh Lewin has been calling San Diego Chargers games the last 12 years and Mets games the last five seasons.

== Bill Roth’s longing to return to the East Coast, and Josh Lewin’s desire to merge into a new family in Southern California, has resulted in UCLA changing play-by-play men on its radio football and basketball games for the 2016-17 season.
The move had been in the works for the last several weeks before UCLA announced it Thursday morning.

Bill Roth called 27 seasons at Virginia Tech before coming to UCLA for the 2015-16 season.

Bill Roth called 27 seasons at Virginia Tech before coming to UCLA for the 2015-16 season.

“When you have the chance to add a Hall-of-Fame broadcaster as accomplished as Bill to your program, you obviously have to give that serious consideration,” said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero in the school’s statement.  “Bill expressed tremendous interest in this position and his confidence in his ability to switch coasts ultimately gave us confidence in this choice.  With his pedigree, it was impossible to say no.  Unfortunately, Bill was unable to make this transition and has decided to return back home to the East Coast. We thank him for his hard work and professionalism over the past year and wish him all the best.

“Fortunately, as we all know, UCLA attracts exceptional talent. Josh made us aware of his interest in the position a couple years ago, but the timing simply wasn’t right with his other broadcast commitments. Currently with more flexibility in his other duties, it quickly became apparent, given the extensive search we conducted not all that long ago, that Josh is now an ideal fit. …
“Josh is the future of our UCLA broadcasts, and our future is bright.”
It was only a month after the Bruins’ 2015 college basketball season ended, and Chris Roberts’ retirement was official following a 23-year run at the school, when UCLA worked with media rights holder IMG and decided to hire Roth, who had spent the previous 27 years calling sports for Virginia Tech.
Lewin, who has been the San Diego Chargers’ radio voice since 2005 and callings Mets games since 2012, was on UCLA’s short list of candidates as well.
So what happened? It’s no coincidence that “Josh Lewin, voice of the Bruins” has a ring to it.
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