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.
Bill joined the ESPN's college football play-by-play team in 2016 and has been part of ESPN’s broadcast team in each of the last three seasons calling games in the ACC, American, MAC and Pac-12 Conferences.
Bill has called college football bowl games for ESPN Radio in each of the last three seasons as well: the 2016 and 2017 Liberty Bowls, and the 2018 New Mexico Bowl.
Bill has also called NCAA men’s basketball games on CBS Sports Network during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons handling the network’s coverage of the Jamaica Classic.
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.
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.
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’s baseball background includes calling the Regionals of the NCAA Baseball Tournament for ESPN. Bill also spent four seasons in professional baseball as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Atlanta Brave's triple-A team in Richmond, Va.
Bill was inducted into Syracuse University's WAER Hall of Fame in August of 2014.
Click on the article below to read more about Bill from ESPN Senior Writer Ivan Maisel