tony roberts

One of radio’s most versatile sportscasters, Tony Roberts began his radio career in 1957 as an announcer for Iowa station KCLN/Clinton. The next year, he moved to Illinois and began his career as a sportscaster, covering college football on WKAI/Macomb. The following year, he moved to WSOY/Decatur, where his duties included calling high school basketball games.

In 1960, Roberts moved to Indiana and WWCY/Gary, where he broadcast local sports (including little league baseball and high-school football and basketball) and play-by-play for Indiana University football. In 1967, he joined WAKE/Valparaiso, where he covered college football, baseball and basketball.

In 1970, Roberts moved to WWDC/Washington DC, where he broadcast Washington Senators baseball, Navy football and Baltimore Bullets basketball. The following year, he moved to WRC/Washington before joining the Mutual Network full-time in 1979.

During twenty-seven years at Mutual (now Westwood One), Roberts covered NFL football, NBA basketball, the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, the College World Series and the British Open Golf Tournament; he also broadcast the Holiday and Aloha Bowls for twenty-five consecutive years. In 1980, Roberts became the national voice of Notre Dame football, calling more than two hundred games for the Fighting Irish until his retirement in 2006.

Tony Roberts was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.