From Madison Square Garden to the Rose Bowl, and stadiums and arenas throughout the United States, Bill Roth has dazzled listeners and viewers with his exciting and descriptive play-by-play calls of Virginia Tech, UCLA and National Sports events. 

Today,  Bill can be seen on ESPN and CBS Sports Network calling NCAA football, basketball and other events. Bill made his ESPN College Football Primetime television debut in 2016 and also called the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl for ESPN Radio. 

In 2017, Bill has been a part of ESPN's Friday night and Saturday football packages, and CBS Sports Network's coverage of NCAA Basketball.

Bill Roth and Christian Ponder call a college football game at Lincoln Financial Field, 2017

Bill Roth and Christian Ponder call a college football game at Lincoln Financial Field, 2017

For 27 seasons (1988-2015), Bill was Virginia Tech's lead play-by-play voice. On the field, Michael Vick, Antonio Freeman, DeAngelo Hall, Tyrod Taylor, and dozens of other college all-Americans and future NFL stars made history, while in the broadcast booth, Bill was the Voice that chronicled their success and the Hokies' subsequent rise to national prominence. At UCLA, Roth called the games for college sports' all-time winningest program, as the Voice of the Bruins' basketball and football teams.

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Since returning to the east coast, Bill has added various national TV assignments to his portfolio while developing the Sports Media Analytics program at Virginia Tech as a Professor of Practice.

A frequent speaker at fund raising events throughout the region,  "Bill Roth's United Way Kid's Day" brings at-risk children to campus for a VIP event during each basketball season.

Bill has been named Virginia's Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record 11 times, and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Virginia Tech’s Department of Athletics established the Bill Roth Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a deserving Virginia Tech student-athlete with an interest in communication or broadcast journalism

A Pittsburgh native, Bill graduated from Syracuse University's renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications. He was awarded the distinguished Robert Costas Scholarship from Syracuse in 1987.

Bill was inducted into Syracuse University's WAER Hall of Fame in August of 2014.

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Click on the article below to read more about Bill from ESPN Senior Writer Ivan Maisel