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Jul 08, 2015

PULLMAN, Wash. – Matt Chazanow, a veteran of Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East football and basketball broadcasts, has been named Voice of the Cougars, it was announced Wednesday by Cougar IMG Sports Marketing, the university’s multimedia rights partner. Chazanow replaces Bud Nameck on Cougar football and men’s basketball broadcasts. Additionally, Chazanow will serve as the voice of Cougar baseball broadcasts.
“Matt has tremendous broadcast credentials, including having called hundreds of games on the IMG Network the past seven years,” said Chris Ferris, VP of Broadcasting for IMG College. “We’re very excited to have a single personality unifying WSU’s major sports and contributing to world-class broadcasts.  Matt will be a great addition to the Cougar’s broadcasting teams.”
Chazanow has extensive experience in broadcasting at the highest level of collegiate football, including calling national play-by-play broadcasts for ACC football, Big East and ACC postseason basketball, along with SEC and ACC postseason baseball. As a senior network manager at IMG College in Winston-Salem, N.C., Chazanow has spent the past seven years managing eight IMG college network broadcasts (Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and Washington).
Cougar fans had a chance to hear Chazanow last November when he called the WSU men’s basketball broadcasts at the Great Alaska Shootout.
“It is an incredible opportunity and privilege to be the voice of the Cougars,” said Chazanow. “To live and work in Pullman and be part of the WSU family is a dream come true.  I look forward to be a part of the Cougar Family for many years to come.  Go Cougs.”
Chazanow will team with legendary broadcaster Bob Robertson, along with Jason Gesser and Jessamyn McIntyre, on the football broadcasts. Steven Grubbs, who has called baseball broadcasts for the past 10 seasons, remains as the voice of Cougar volleyball and women’s basketball.
Derek Deis will see an expanded role in hosting “Cougar Calls with Bill Moos” and the Cougar football postgame call-in show while continuing to host the Cougar football pregame road show. He will also now fill-in to call men’s basketball and baseball as needed when those seasons overlap.
Nameck has spent the past 13 years as a member of the Cougar football broadcast team. He first served as the sideline reporter from 2002-13 before transitioning to play-by-play duties for the start of the 2013 season. Nameck also served as the voice of Cougar men’s basketball since the start of the 1993-94 campaign.
“I have had the best seat in the house for more than 30 years being able to broadcast WSU sports,” said Nameck. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of Cougar nation.  I am grateful to have created Cougar friendships over the years that will last a lifetime.”
IMG College holds the radio broadcast rights for Cougar Athletics and produces the Washington State IMG College Sports Network.