Paul Sorensen, a former team captain and All-American defensive back at Washington State University, is returning to the Cougar radio booth.
Sorensen, a member of WSU’s 1981 Holiday Bowl team, will replace Dave Grosby as football color commentator on the Cougar Radio Network this fall.
The move, which will be officially announced later today by Broadcast Ink, the Seattle-based company that owns the rights to WSU radio broadcasts, will reunite Sorensen and longtime play-by- play announcer Bob Robertson.
Sorensen worked with Robertson in the WSU radio booth from 1985 until 1993, when he left to join Prime Sports as a WSU sideline television analyst and Big Sky Conference color commentator.
He filled those positions for the past two football seasons. The 1996 season will mark Sorensen’s 10th year on the Cougar Radio Network.
“We’re excited about having Paul back in the booth, because he’s an excellent analyst,” Broadcast Ink president Dave Iverson said late Monday afternoon. “He and Bob work well together, and both are looking forward to working together again.”
Iverson said he is still looking for a third member of the broadcast team to handle features, postgame interviews and locker-room shows. Grosby was dropped after he left KIRO, the Cougars’ flagship station in Seattle, to take a job at rival station KJR.
Sorensen said he is looking forward to WSU’s Aug. 31 season opener at perennial national power Colorado.
“Once a Cougar, always a Cougar,” said Sorensen, whose 1981 WSU team was the only one to beat the Buffaloes (14-10 at Boulder). “It’s great to be back. I enjoyed working with Prime, but I’ve always relished the idea of getting back in the WSU booth and working with Bob Robertson again.”
Robertson will start his 30th season of doing football play-by-play this fall.
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