Brian Roth returns to play-by-play chair for CSU football and men’s basketball
FORT COLLINS, Colo.— Colorado State University and its athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s Rams Sports Properties, announced today that Brian Roth will take over the play-by-play role for CSU’s football and men’s basketball broadcasts, and serve as host of the Rams’ coaches’ shows.
Roth, who served as color commentator for the past three years, returns to the play-by-play chair he held for three years previously, and will be in his 17th year as part of CSU’s radio broadcasts in 2016-17.
“Brian Roth has been an integral part of the radio broadcasts of Colorado State football and basketball games for nearly two decades,” said Director of Athletics Joe Parker. “We are excited to have Brian return to the play-by-play position for football and men’s basketball broadcasts, and to host our weekly coaches’ radio shows. He is not only a talented broadcaster but an important asset to our athletics programs with his proven relationships in the Colorado State University community.”
In Roth’s first season back in the play-by-play chair the Rams also will have a new home on the radio dial. It was announced in April that Fort Collins-based Townsquare Media Northern Colorado’s KARS “Rock 102.9” FM will serve as the Rams’ flagship station, while Denver-area affiliate Mile High Sports KDCO 1340 AM and 104.7 FM will carry all football and men’s basketball games, as well as select women’s basketball games.
“Brian is talented, and he knows the ins and outs of the Rams’ programs like no one else,” said Rams Sports Properties’ General Manager Dani Belinski. “He is a perfect choice to call games again for the Rams, and we’re excited to have him. Not only is he a native, he has an undeniable history with Colorado State and is eager to resume play-by-play duties.”
A versatile and accomplished professional, Roth began his association with Colorado State in 2000-01 as play-by-play voice for the Rams’ women’s basketball team. He held that position until moving over to men’s basketball broadcasts in 2010-11, beginning a three-year run of both football and men’s basketball play-by-play duties.
“I could not be more excited to return as the Voice of the Rams,” Roth said. “For the past 16 years, I have seen this university and athletic department thrive, turning Colorado State into a national brand. From the record-breaking fundraising and construction of the on-campus stadium to the unprecedented success on the field and court, there has never been a more thrilling time to be a Ram fan. Colorado State has always been a very special place to me and I hope to share my passion and perspective on Rams athletics for many years to come.”
Roth’s work on CSU’s football broadcasts began in the role of sideline reporter from 2001-06, before moving into the booth as color commentator for the 2007-09 seasons. He has been part of the Rams’ broadcasts for eight bowl games and six NCAA tournament games with both men’s and women’s teams. Roth was behind the microphone for CSU’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament win over Missouri on March 21, 2013, its first win in the Big Dance since 1989.
A Colorado native, Roth is a 1998 graduate of the University of Colorado and a 1993 graduate of Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. Roth is married to Corinne Hofstetter, a Mountain West champion in the 200 Butterfly in 2003 and ’04, who powered Colorado State to consecutive runner-up finishes at the MWC swimming & diving championships during those two seasons. Brian and Corinne are the parents of five-year-old twins, Trenton and Juliette, and an 18-month-old daughter, Taylor. The family makes its home in Denver.
Roth is the President of Ingrum Sports Production Network (ISPN), a full-scale video production company in Denver. He leads a team of 20+ employees to produce over 60 live and local sports productions annually in Colorado. Roth serves as the producer and host of the award-winning Xfinity Sports Report, a weekly high school sports highlight show airing on Comcast Entertainment Television (CET). As a freelance announcer, he has also handled television play-by-play duties for NCAA football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and tennis.
Rams football will kick off the 2016 season on the Rams Radio Network on Friday, Sept. 2, against Colorado in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver. The Rams have played in a bowl game in three consecutive seasons. The men’s basketball team has won more games in the past four seasons than in any four-year stretch in program history and the women’s basketball team played in the NCAA tournament in 2016 after winning its third consecutive Mountain West title.