Washington State football, men's basketball games will be broadcast on 710 ESPN
Cougars football and men's basketball broadcasts move to 710 ESPN. Football broadcasts will no longer include outspoken former coach Jim Walden.
Washington State football and men's basketball games will be heard in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN radio beginning this fall.
But former coach Jim Walden, an outspoken commentator on WSU football broadcasts, has been replaced in the booth.
Bob Robertson will return for his 46th season of WSU football. He will be joined by Bud Nameck, who moves from his role as a sideline reporter. New to the team will be analyst Shawn McWashington, a former Washington State receiver. Jessamyn McIntyre, a 710 ESPN producer, will be the sideline reporter.
Walden, 74, coached the Cougars from 1978 through 1986. He was a strong supporter of former coach Paul Wulff. Walden was notified last week by WSU athletic director Bill Moos that he would not be returning to the broadcasts, according to The Spokesman-Review of Spokane.
"Jim Walden and I have been friends for over 30 years and continue to be friends," Moos told The Spokesman-Review. "I just thought we needed a fresh approach. Basically everything having to do with Cougar football is being revamped, from uniforms to the stadium to the coach to our replay boards to our marketing — everything — and the changes in the radio broadcast format is just a part of it."
Moos told The Spokesman-Review he delivered the news to Walden in a letter because both had hectic travel schedules last week.
"There's no better Cougar than Jim Walden," Moos told The Spokesman-Review. "His heart is crimson and gray and he speaks how he feels, and that's fine. I just thought we needed something that was fresh."
Football broadcasts will include a two-hour pregame show and a one-hour postgame show.
Men's basketball broadcasts will have 30-minute pregame and postgame shows.
Bonneville will move the games to 710 ESPN beginning this fall. If a WSU football or men's basketball game cannot be broadcast on 710 ESPN because of a conflict, it will move to KTTH 770 AM.
During the football season, a weekly seasonlong segment featuring new coach Mike Leach will be heard during the "Kevin Calabro Show with Jim Moore."