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Touchdown Tech! Bill Roth, "Voice of Hokies," To Be Inducted Into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Jan 14, 2013

WINSTON SALEM, NC (January 14, 2013) - Bill Roth, the revered play-by-play voice for Virginia Tech basketball and football, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

Back in 1988 as a 22 year-old Syracuse graduate, Roth stepped into the booth at Virginia Tech as the lead play-by-play announcer. From Sugar Bowls and Orange Bowls to NCAA Tournaments, he has described many of the greatest moments in school athletics history. He's heard on more than 30 Virginia Tech IMG Radio Network affiliates from Washington, DC to Bristol, Tenn. IMG College has served as Virginia Tech's multimedia rights partner since 1995.

Roth is most famous for the refrain, which he uses to begin every Hokies broadcast, "From the blue waters of the Chesapeake bay to the hills of Tennessee, the Virginia Tech Hokies are on the air!" He also has served as the host of the school's weekly radio shows as well as Virginia Tech Sports Today.

"This honor is incredibly humbling for me. It's honestly a true `team award' for all of us and a terrific honor for Virginia Tech and IMG," Roth said. "I want to thank everyone in our organization for their support, guidance, mentorship, and friendship over the years. This is truly exciting news for the Hokies and IMG College."

In the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 2013 class, Roth will join Franklin Allen, one of Virginia's most prolific basketball players with Roanoke College; Cornell Brown, a standout defensive end helping the Hokies to four Bowl appearances including a Sugar Bowl win; Lawrence Burton, the world-class sprinter from Melfa, Va., who was starred in track and football at Purdue; Dean Ehlers, James Madison University's first Athletics Director; Richmond native Robert Pratt, Jr., who blocked for UNC then enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with the Baltimore Colts and Seattle Seahawks; and Dick Tarranth, who coached University of Richmond to 240 wins, the most in school history.

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have made a lasting contribution to the cause of sports in Virginia, the nation, and the world through outstanding achievement or service, including athletes, coaches, administrators, and other contributors to the game. The 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will occur on the weekend of April 26-27.

Roth, along with longtime on-air partner Mike Burnop, a standout with the Hokies in the early 1970s who still holds the school's record for receptions in a season for a tight end, are also members of the Virginia Tech Hall of Fame.

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