Utah Utes: Bill Riley returns behind mic as radio voice for U.

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  • UteMan
    July 22, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    @ BYU still rules

    In Ute Nation, we are a family and all a part of the PAC, so it is appropriate to send Bill an official welcome.

    I would also like to extend you an official invite to join us in Ute Nation. Soon you will realize BYU doesn't rule any longer, and we will be waiting for you to come over and join us.

  • MiP
    July 22, 2010 8:00 p.m.

    I've listed to many a Ute game online at Kall radio. This is a good bring back.

    Dolce is TOO much of a homer, even for my taste. There is no conspiracy by the refs to give the game away to the other team, Frank.

    As far as Paul James goes, his voice was golden like liquid butter. COuld listen to him all night. But the dude was obsessed with stats. I think, at times, he forgot that the final score was the only stat that mattered.

    Still, being a homer is OK, but should still be kept in check.

    July 22, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    The MTN Broadcasting is horrible period... It is like watching the news in Wyoming.... Something done in a high school class room!! Even though my Utes are going to the Pac 12 and a better TV deal I still feel for everybody else in the MWC that have to put up with that garbage...

  • utes13-0
    July 22, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    Thank you!! I think Riley is great. At least we won't be hearing New MeSico any more instead of New MeXXXXXico. I know it's really picky but Lags didn't say his freakin X's. His voice just made me cringe.

  • Anonymous Infinity
    July 22, 2010 9:42 a.m.

    Do collegiate sports announcers in Utah really matter? The Mountain TV network announcers are totally out of it. Boring! Nevertheless good luck to Bill Riley. Utah is due for a rude awakening competing in the PAC-10. When are we going to hear about renaming all the conferences who have pirated teams from other conferences for the allmighty dollar. Big 10? There have been eleven teams in that conference ever since Penn State became part of it. Wruebel is an entertaining play by play announcer, is over the top on touchdown calls.

  • Buster
    July 22, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    To all the Paul James Fans:

    Didn't you get tired of him calling touchdowns for BYU, then changing the call to let us know McMahon was sacked 15 yards behind the line of scrimage.

    Once when Raphael Cherry was QB at Hawaii, his "call in" question was to name all the college players whose name was a fruit? What does that have to do with football?

    My favorite "PJ Moment, he was interviewing LaDell Andersen after a game, that BYU shot poorly in the first half, and he asked LaDell if he got out a ladder at half-time and checked the rim for some sort of plexiglass cover... After the question, it was dead air, then "Jone Paint and Glass" commercial.

    When they came back live, laDell had left to go be with the team, but in the car driving back up North, we were all laughing about how LaDell must have ripped into PJ after that question.

    PJ had a voice, but I think he tried just a bit too hard to be cute, and was never that insightful of the game.

    But his voice will always be in my head, listening to him call BYU sports.

  • cla
    July 21, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Thanks to VOTB for reminding us about the great Bill Howard. I worked with Bill for 3 years. He was my mentor and a great role model...as well as a tremendous play by play announcer. It's a shame younger listeners never had a chance to hear him call a game. I'm grateful that I got to be his "caddie" during the last years of his career...and got to visit his "Lombardi Room."

  • wwookie
    July 21, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    Does that mean we also lose that obnoxious sidekick that made me turn off all the games after we were comfortably ahead? What was the name of that whiny voiced twit anyways?
    Welcome back Riley.

  • yojimbo
    July 21, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    Every Utah broadcast I listen to I find myself missing Marcroft, James and Hot-Rod.

    That being said - continued best to the newbs.

  • Zone9
    July 21, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I'm thrilled to see the mumbling guy replaced. Riley is the best they've had since Marcroft. I still with we could get Marcroft back. He provided a great historical perspective and was an outstanding play-by-play announcer.

  • VegasUte
    July 21, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    "Utah by five"

  • VOTB
    July 21, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    As a PBP announcer who was Hot Rod's backup when the Jazz first moved to SLC, and as PJ's backup for BYU games...I am happy for Bill's new gig. I think he'll do a great job for the Utes. And while we're talking announcers...just let me throw out that the late Bill Howard, who was the voice of the Utes before Marcroft and then as Marcroft's mentor...was one of the best I ever knew. He was a great guy, too!

  • Big_Ben
    July 21, 2010 12:46 p.m.


    dang, you sound just like me. Ha ha, I am glad you appreciate the "check that" humor. Yeah, how many times did he kill our hope with that? "Mike Anderson shoots past two cougars, into the end zone, touchdown Utah!...check that, the ball came loose"

  • VegasUte
    July 21, 2010 11:44 a.m.

    BYU still drools: Are you seriously THAT insecure about the tds that you have to talk smack on a UTE blog about an announcer? Seriously?

    Dude - you need a life!!

    Go Utes! Love the Crimson!

  • VegasUte
    July 21, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    I haven't heard a Utah game broadcast on the radio in years. Marcroft will always be the voice of the Utes for me just like Hot Rod Hundley will always be the voice of the Jazz.

    Welcome Riley - you have big shoes to fill!

    If your announcer is NOT a homer, why have him?

    93 Zoob: Really? You are reading a Ute post about an announcer? Isn't there ANYTHING going on in the ybU blogs? That was a stupid question, obviously there is NOTHING of interest on the ygU blogs!! HA HA HA HA

    Go Utes! Go Crimson!!

  • MenaceToSociety
    July 21, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    Marcroft's "check that" line was great. "Touchdown, Utah! Check that- Steve Smith down at the 34." Marcroft had an impressive career in TV and radio, but certainly lost a couple steps at the end.

    To the professionalism comments in the booth, I would agree. I like Dolce and Shaw well enough, but too often they act like me and my buddies in the stands rather than commenting on the game. Too often, I can't even tell what happened on the play because none of those guys actually described the action. They were too busy yelling Ohhh! Great play! Stuff like that. I start yelling at my radio- What happened on the play! Hopefully an experienced play by play guy can get Dolce and Shaw to be a bit more professional and actually describe the action on the field.

  • Big_Ben
    July 21, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    @ 93 Cougar

    we got a good laugh out of your post. Thanks for the laughs. we appreciate you entertaining us.

  • BYU still rules
    July 21, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Utah man, I find it hilarious that you extend Bill an "official welcome" to the PAC. You must be the commish huh? Just because the team you root for goes to the PAC? doesn't make you special, but I'm sure your "official" welcome means alot to Bill.

  • dakuwaqa
    July 21, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    At least it's not Chris Tunis.

  • 93 COUGAR
    July 21, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    This is hilarious.

    Ute fans angry that the announcer hired by BYU is a homer.

    Angry that Wrubell gets excited while calling the game.


    That is what is great about the guy.


  • driggsdude
    July 21, 2010 10:23 a.m.

    Marcroft was a "Legend" IN HIS OWN MIND...It was all about him...one of the biggest "Blowhards" in NCAA history...Good luck to Riley because he'll need it working with these broadcasting morons. Tied in with the U of U didn't work so well for Tom Barberi, Brad Stone, Matt Thomas, Jeff Judkins, and Jeff Jonas now did it??????

  • moodyblue77
    July 21, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    Everything about Bill Marcroft says University of Utah. He was a great "homer" broadcaster who made listening to his broadcasts as much fun as the games themselves.

    He should call the first PAC 12 game and then the U can move on to the univocal, dry, "professional" announcers of the big time. An appropriate announcement of the death of the rivalry.

    Marcroft lived the rivalry every day.

    I am totally psyched about playing Colorado every year!

  • jersey ute
    July 21, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    Bring Bryan Rowley back...he was the greatest field reporter ever. He would be great as color guy in the press box.

  • I Will Be Till I Die
    July 21, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    GREAT NEWS!! I always thought Lageschulte sounded like he was trying to talk through a mouthful of marbles, and couldn't figure out why they dumped Bill in the first place. Welcome back Bill!!

    PS to all the Wrubell-haters: I AGREE 100%!!!!!!!!!

  • Johnny Triumph
    July 21, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Who cares? Does anyone even know where to find U games on the radio? Things haven't been the same since Marcroft left...and he wasn't even all that good.

  • Qwest Perfected
    July 21, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    Football season must be getting close - we are now reduced to announcer smack talk.

    As for Riley - I'm glad to have him back for the Utes. I think he calls a good game.

    Go Utes!!!

  • GoUtah
    July 21, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    Even tds fans have to admit that Wrubell sounds like he's going to" blow a gasket" calling their games. I mean, it sounds like he's hit the jackpot every time the tds has a good play. You're not certain what's going on; did he just win a million dollars or did the tds simply gain 5 yards. Yes, passion calling a game is necessary, but I'm simply concerned for the guy's health.

  • 2020
    July 21, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    I think Bill Riley is great, and will continue to do a great job. I hope is the voice of the Utes for many years to come.

    I do have to say that, even though he is calling BYU games, I think that Wrubell does a good job. I think that play by play guys that work for their school/team should be homers, but still be honest and objective. I think both of these guys are good at that.

  • UteMan
    July 21, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    Re: Live Hard

    For any cougar to post smack that involves the BCS is truly laughable.

    Wrubell's best chance at being at a BCS game would be to sell hot dogs based on how close the mighty cougars have been.

    Sure the PAC-12 will offer new challenges, but at least we are in it.

    Enjoy your trips to Laramie and watching games on the MTN Network for crystal unclear low definition TV! At least you can hear the sounds of Toad and Toady Christensen to bring back memories of days past.

    It think Riley will do a great job for the Utes and would like to extend him an official welcome to the PAC.

  • Wasatch Al
    July 21, 2010 8:53 a.m.

    Wrubell continually reads the clock: 14 minutes left in this one; 13 minutes left in this one; 12 minutes left in this one. The sign of an inexperienced sports broadcaster. At least he used to - I haven't listened to a BYU radio broadcast for three years - drives me crazy.

  • astroboy
    July 21, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    @sammyg the smack was brought in by BYU fans bringing Wrubell up in the first place, go back and look at the first comment. personally i don't mind a homer, marcroft was my favorite and he was a homer bigtime.

    I think this is move is at least a step forward, lagashultze was a step back for sure. I think if Riley is given time to settle in this time around, he'll be quality.

  • Big_Ben
    July 21, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    I always laughed when I heard Marcroft say "check it!" like "Britton Johnsen with the rebound and outlet to Drisdom....check it.......Jacobsen"

    I really like Lagaschulte or however you spell it. The one who really needs to go is Frank Dolce. Its is SOOOOOO annoying to hear Dolce say "OH!" really loud whenever a play happens and then there is about three seconds of silence. What was the play? Its very distracting. And Dolce whines about the refs constantly.

    I did always like riley's "touchdown eric weddle, touchdown UTAH!" line.

    As far as wrubell, he is passionate and i think he does a good job.

  • Flashback
    July 21, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    Paul James was the best. Marcroft always sounded like he had imbibed in one to many.

  • sammyg
    July 21, 2010 7:36 a.m.

    What's all the 'smack' about Wrubell? I thought an announcer and his EMOTIONAL connection to the team was what brought ENTERTAINMENT to the broadcast.

    Is the UTE association to the new PAC-12 supposed to be bringing a higher intelligence to UTAH sports media???

    If so then let's make a statement UTES! Maybe you should look for some news media anchor types. Imagine a broadcast with Dan Rather OR with Sean Hannity. Who would you rather have??? Politics aside, it's about entertainment value and emotion is what it's about.

    I'll take Erin on the sidelines at ESPN and any dynamic announcer in the box...any day!

    Give Bill Riley a break, the article is about him, not Wrubell. It's about entertainment.

  • JimmyRay
    July 21, 2010 7:33 a.m.

    I'm not a fan.

  • Striker
    July 21, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    The best homer phrases ever to come out of a homer announcer:
    "Caught for the touchdown!"
    "Caught for the touchdown!"
    "Caught for the touchdown!"

  • bgl
    July 20, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I agree with those who feel the professionalism of the broadcasts need to be improved and I hope this does it. Mike Lagashultze is probably a great guy and he has real enthusiasm, he just needs to really work on those consonants. Anyone who can't pronounce their own name crisply enough to make themselves understood should probably be in another line of work.

  • jw
    July 20, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    at least its not Bill O'Reilly

  • Howard S.
    July 20, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    When I hear Wrubell calling a game I get a mental image of a 15 year old with his nerdy buddies pretending to be a professional broadcaster.

  • BluCoug
    July 20, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    Riley's best call: Love hearing his voice when Beck threw the winning to Harline. Classic!

  • B
    July 20, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    I thought this guy was pretty good when he was on before. The greatest was Paul James.

  • GoUtah
    July 20, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    I don't care for Riley, but my 13 year old would be better than Wrubell. That guy has got to be the biggest homer in the country. I swear listening to the guy call a game, you think he might "pop a vein" at any moment. Given Wrubell's age, I'm surprised I have to say "grow up." He goes crazy when the tds goes for three yards! I love hearing him call a loss to Utah . . . sweet music to my ears!

  • utahmark
    July 20, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    I think any change is better than what we have had. Now maybe the professionalism in the booth will improve and, with any luck, the quality of the broadcasts as well. There have been times these past few years that i could not even understand the radio broadcast because of the poor technical quality, as well as the constant talking over one another. I really look forward to better production all around. Good luck to Bill Riley and GO UTES!

  • Howard S.
    July 20, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    I'm not impressed.

    Reilly is not and will not be a Ute homer.

    My impression of him is that he thinks he's too cool to be a Utah homer.

    Utah will never have better voice than Bill Marcroft in his prime.

    As it should be, Marcroft loved the Utes but he never got out of control like the current voice of BYU.

  • RBN
    July 20, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    It's about time. The Mike Lageshultze experiment was horrible. I can't figure out why they ever went away from Riley. He's much better than his predecessor, and miles ahead of Wrubell. I'll give Wrubell credit for being enthusiastic, but for my money his enthusiasm comes at the expense of accuracy.

  • Sentinel
    July 20, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    I would rather listen to Riley on The Mountain instead of Todd Christensen. I think he is HORRIBLE as an announcer. He may know football, but he needs to learn how to say it less pretentiously. He thinks people like all of his "pontificating" but I just find it ALL such a bore! Congrats to Bill! He will be excellent.

  • Coug
    July 20, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    I've been around for a while, and remember listening to Marcroft call games. The U could be down by 40, and you'd think they were up by a score. Perhaps we naturally find the voice of the opposition a bit irritating.

    I find Wrubell bright and fair minded. Does he get animated when the Y scores? absolutely, as he should, being the voice of the cougs.

    I like the U's hire of Bill Riley. I find him informed and will give credit where credit is due. As long as he's not crass, I enjoy his style. He's willing to talk college football in the off-season. I have to wonder if Riley is in this gig for the long-haul. I hope so, he will be iconic for the program as they move into the PAC era.

  • TheOfficalCall
    July 20, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    I am a cougar supporter but enjoyed his calls on the mountain. Why he was replace X number of years ago I have know clue, cause the guy who they had on the last few years was less than acceptable.

  • jazzbball
    July 20, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    Who cares? Lockes a homer, wrubells a homer, and Riley is and will
    Be a homer. As a fan, I prefer it that way.

  • arizona ute
    July 20, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    They never should have let Bill Marcroft go. Make up your mind Utes and keep someone for the looooong haul again.
    y4lyfe: Wrubell is a good announcer but he needs to pull it in a lot. He gets way to involved in the games. It is good to be a homer for your team but he goes too far.

  • Y4LYFE
    July 20, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    I guess I have to represent the utes, he's almost as good as Wrubell, in fact he worked as BYUs voice for a short time sort of as a TA, sort of like half of the ute coaching staff, they learned from the best.

  • MenaceToSociety
    July 20, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Pac 12.