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Employment History

Sports Announcer

University of Washington

Play-By-Play Announcer

University of Washington

Sportscaster

University of Washington

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Voices of the Game | UW ...

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Voices of the Game | UW broadcaster Bob Rondeau found his calling in sports

Bob Rondeau took a chance more than 30 years ago, moving from news to sports.
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Bob Rondeau, left, sportscaster for the University of Washington, and Bob Robertson, sportscaster for Washington State University. Photographed at Husky Stadium on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
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Bob Rondeau, left, sportscaster for the University of Washington, and Bob Robertson, sportscaster for Washington State University.
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University of Washington sports announcer Bob Rondeau in the press box at Husky Stadium during a UW foortball game.
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University of Washington sports announcer Bob Rondeau in the press box at Husky Stadium during a UW foortball game.
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Gallery | Voices of WSU and UW: Bob Robertson and Bob Rondeau
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Bob Rondeau
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Long before Bob Rondeau thought twice about the University of Washington, it was about making enough money to put food on the table and gas in the car. It was about surviving, finding your calling and, quite literally, finding your voice.
And that's why he climbed to the roof of the press box at Turf Paradise Race Course, a horse racing track in Phoenix, with a tape recorder in the summer of 1977.
He was 27, unemployed and disillusioned after the all-news station where he was news director suddenly folded.
"I was a little sour on the whole game and wasn't sure if I wanted to keep doing news," Rondeau said. "I didn't understand fully why that didn't work. I thought it was a great product and we did great work, so maybe this isn't the place you want to be."
Things weren't going according to plan. For starters, Rondeau figured he'd use his degree from the University of Colorado to land a job as a newspaper reporter.
And when that didn't work, he turned to radio. And when that fizzled, he flirted with his first love.
An avid outdoorsman, Rondeau considered opening a fly-fishing store and toyed with the idea of getting involved in horse racing with his father, Bill, who'd retired and bought a horse farm near Phoenix.
But something drove him to the top of the roof at Turf Paradise, where he called a couple of races beneath the hot Arizona sun.
"I went up there just to see if I could do this," Rondeau said.
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Later that year, Rondeau received job offers from two radio stations in Seattle. KIRO was looking for a news reporter and KOMO needed a sports director. He chose KOMO, which allowed him to work as an engineer and halftime host with legendary Sonics voice Bob Blackburn.
"That was my first real exposure to play-by-play, sitting next to Blackburn and listening to him do games," Rondeau said.
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The station hired Bruce King as the play-by-play announcer and paired him with Rondeau, who provided analysis.
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Two years later, King left for a job in New York and Rondeau took over play-calling.
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Growing up during the 1950s and '60s, Rondeau listened to broadcasters Dick Enberg, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck and Keith Jackson on the radio.
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Long the underappreciated talent in a city saturated with Hall of Fame announcers, Rondeau is a broadcaster's broadcaster, whose gift is the ability to disappear into the big moment and let the action tell the story.
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Rondeau gave voice to the most prominent period in UW football during the Don James era, understanding he wasn't the star of the show Saturdays. No catchphrases and no gimmicks. Naturally quick-witted, he deftly mixes storytelling and play-calling with a skill honed by hours of preparation. And his knowledge of the Huskies is encyclopedic.
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Bob Rondeau and Keith Jackson are my all time favorite Northwest sports announcers.
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We always hurry back to our car after the basketball games so that we can hear Bob interview the player of the game and Coach Romar. He has such... Posted on July 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM by steves6000.
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Voices of the Game | UW broadcaster Bob Rondeau found his calling in sports


Bob Rondeau works for the ...

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Bob Rondeau works for the University of Washington as a sportscaster


NWclassifieds | jobs

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My first job: Bob Rondeau, Longtime play-by-play announcer of University of Washington


Bob Rondeau, left, sportscaster ...

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Bob Rondeau, left, sportscaster for the University of Washington, and Bob Robertson, sportscaster for Washington State University. Photographed at Husky Stadium on Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

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Bob Rondeau, left, sportscaster for the University of Washington, and Bob Robertson, sportscaster for Washington State University.
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Gallery | Voices of WSU and UW: Bob Robertson and Bob Rondeau
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Voices of the Game | UW broadcaster Bob Rondeau found his calling in sports


What others say about Walking the Line

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- Bob Rondeau, football and basketball broadcaster, University of Washington

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---Bob Rondeau, Voice of the Huskies, Washington Football and Basketball Play-by-Play Announcer.

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