Thirty-seven years after he first began calling Huskies games, Washington radio announcer Bob Rondeau signed off from his final broadcast in a characteristically low-key fashion.
Rondeau, 67 and about to retire, had just called Washington’s defeat to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. But the U-W fixture, who seemingly did everything he could to stay out of the spotlight, didn’t take the moment to get sentimental or wordy.
“If you’re expecting something hugely profound here, my apologies in advance,” he led off.
“What is hugely profound is my appreciation,” he continued, thanking all who had worked with and listened to him through the years. He also gave a shout-out to his successor, Tony Castricone, and thanked the university for “letting me be me.” All in all, his goodbye lasted all of about a minute.
“As much as we would like to build a fence around forever, it doesn’t work that way,” Rondeau said. “And thus we move on ... I have had absolutely the time of my life, and I look forward to seeing you down the road.”