SEATTLE – Bob Rondeau will go out in style as he calls his final game in a University of Washington press box.
The longtime “Voice of the Huskies” is retiring after 37 years in a radio booth and UW decked out Husky Stadium with tributes to Rondeau ahead of the 110th Apple Cup on Saturday.
UW offered talking Rondeau bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans who showed up to the game between the Huskies and Cougars. Rondeau’s voice can be heard saying “Touchdown Washington!” with the press of a button.
The Huskies also handed out white placards to fans in the lower-level seats opposite side of the press box. Between the first and second quarters, fans held up the signs, which read “Thanks Bob.” That accompanied a video tribute to UW’s radio voice.
Rondeau also called UW men’s basketball games for 32 years, but elected not to return for the 2017-18 hoops season. He’ll call his final football game when the Huskies play in their bowl next month.