College Football Play-by-Play Commentator
Bill Roth joined ESPN’s college football play-by-play team in 2016, after spending 28 seasons as the radio voice for Virginia Tech and UCLA Athletics. In addition to college football, Roth has called kickboxing, as well as NCAA baseball, lacrosse and field hockey for the network.
From 1988-2015, Roth was Virginia Tech’s lead play-by-play voice, chronicling the success of Michael Vick, Antonio Freeman, DeAngelo Hall, Tyrod Taylor and dozens of other All-American and future NFL stars, and the Hokies’ subsequent rise to national prominence.
Roth has been named Virginia’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association a record 12 times, and was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Virginia Tech’s Department of Athletics established the Bill Roth Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving Virginia Tech student-athlete with an interest in communications or broadcast journalism.
At UCLA, Roth called the games for college sports’ all-time winningest program, as the Voice of the Bruins’ basketball and football teams.
Roth was inducted into Syracuse University’s WAER Hall of Fame in August of 2014.
A Pittsburgh native, Roth graduated from Syracuse University’s renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1987. He was awarded the distinguished Robert Costas Scholarship from Syracuse in 1987.