UCLA radio announcer Chris Roberts will retire in 2015

UCLA radio announcer Chris Roberts will retire after the 2014-15 season, ending a tenure that has spanned over two decades.

Having served as the school’s radio voice for football and basketball since 1992, Roberts will leave as the program’s longest-serving play-by-play announcer — tying the late Fred Hessler. Also presence on Los Angeles radio since 1982, Roberts has won the Golden Mike Award four times and joined the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012.

He will be honored at both the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion during his final run, and will retire with lifetime football and basketball season tickets.

“I cannot put into words what it has meant to be the ‘Voice of UCLA’ for all these years,” Roberts said in a statement. “The Bruins have played a major role in my life for the past two-plus decades and hopefully my broadcasts have reflected this. Our athletes, coaches and administrators here in Westwood are first-class, and it has been an absolute delight providing the soundtrack for some of their greatest accomplishments.

“All athletes would love the chance to go out on top, and with both UCLA Football and Basketball poised to do great things in 2014-15, as a broadcaster, I am in the envious position of actually having that very opportunity.”

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  • Howard Fromberg

    Thank god.

    • commentar

      Thanks for the many years of radio but we really needed a fresh voice

  • Cliff Sakata

    Class act. Very underrated.

  • Chaleko

    Chris Roberts is one of the good guys in the industry. Best of luck to him.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Super class act compared to the run of drunks they put on air in South Central.

    • Charlie Bucket

      Who?? Pete Arbogast?? You really think he’s a drunk?

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    Always loved Chris Roberts. Hearing him call a football game on the radio was a Saturday afternoon of UCLA Football.

  • SUCC de Trope

    Incredible Jack old man, this story has been your #1 post for six straight days. SW on the other hand 20 – 25 in the sametime. Far be it from me to kick the shovel from useful hands, but you Jackm are just flat out worthless as a journalist on Inside UCLA. Tweets aren’t journalism Jack old man, there are 5 year olds that tweet BFD. Consider offering Inside UCLA your resignation and seek employment where tweets count.

    • Charlie Bucket

      I want YOUR resignation from the Cadre!! Go over and whine on the Trogan blog!!

      • SUCC de Trope

        I’m sorry, sir. How can I make it up to you?

        • http://www.ivc.com SUCC de Trope

          Counterfeit.

          • Charlie Bucket

            Well?? What do you have to say to retain YOUR membership??? Are you just one of these DUMMIES???

    • ProbationU

      Maybe he has tweeters cramp. He isn’t exactly burning up the site with posts. Wolf can post a lot of nonsense but at least he posts. I am not sure why they didn’t keep Miguel Melendez who actually worked at it in his short time.

      • SUCC de Trope

        I think Wolf hires someone to post.

        • http://www.ivc.com SUCC de Trope

          This is a counterfeit post.

          • SUCC de Trope

            No it isn’t.

      • http://www.ivc.com SUCC de Trope

        And Miguel was happy to work hard on this blog. I remember his first post about his blog goals. Jack, I’m sorry to say, has missed the goals boat entirely.

        • SUCC de Trope

          Counterfeit.

          You know it isn’t me when you see credit being given to anyone. If it’s complaining, it’s me!

  • SrPablo

    I can’t say I’ll miss “hook jumpers” or “angle in” passes or
    play-by-play description that simply counts off yard markers or
    interview questions that consist of statements with “right?” tacked on
    at the end. He may may be a class act–I don’t know the man–but I hope
    the next voice of the Bruins is a bit more polished.

    • commentar

      I want Gus Johnson. Good things happen for UCLA when Gus Johnson’s on the call. Climbing mountains and sh*t.

    • Charlie Bucket

      Just WHO is this Chris Roberts??? I don’t know BECAUSE I know only the Trogan announcers and the entire team!!!

      Fit Un!!

  • Sark and the Seven Win Wonders

    A good sportscaster and a great guy. Good luck to you, Mr. Roberts, in all your endeavors.

  • Dan Wayne

    I met Chris Roberts on campus when Rick was coach, A wonderful human being, I.m sorry he is retiring he will be missed.