Bob Robertson was born on March 14, 1929 in Fullerton, California in the midst of a baseball spring training camp. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and began his broadcasting career playing "little kid" roles on Canadian Broadcasting Company radio shows. He graduated from Blaine High School in 1947 where he did high school play-by-play and eventually became the voice of the Western Washington Vikings, where he studied broadcasting.
He played semi-pro baseball in Bellingham and Wenatchee. In 1949 Bob was signed by Portland to play in the Pacific Coast League however he instead accepted a radio play-by-play position with the Wenatchee Chiefs of the Western International League--a job he held for two seasons. He also served in the same capacity from 1956-57 for the Fresno Cardinals of the California League.
Bob's radio and television experience is vast, to the say the least. Bob was the sports director for KSTW-TV from 1956-70 (then called KTNT) and then again from 1976-83, and he helped put KMO television on the air. From 1958-68 he was the TV voice for the Seattle Rainiers and for 11 seasons he did Tacoma Giants, and Tacoma Cubs television play-by-play. Robertson also worked Notre Dame football broadcasts in 1955-56. Roller derby, Seattle Sounders soccer and Seattle Totems hockey? Yes, he's done them, too!
In 1964 Bob began broadcasting Washington State University football games and with the exception of a three-year period in 1969-71 when he broadcast games for the University of Washington, he's been calling the Cougar action ever since. From 1972-94 he also broadcast WSU basketball games as well.
Bob served 16 years as the radio voice for the Tacoma Tigers and Rainiers from 1982-1998 and was the last announcer to recreate a baseball road game from the home radio studios.
He has been honored 15 times as Washington Sportscaster of the Year (as of 2009). In 2001 he was selected to the Inland Empire Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 he won the Chris Schenkel National Football Foundation award and is a member of the broadcaster's wing of the College Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame and in 2009 the broadcasting booth at Martin Stadium in Pullman was re-named the Bob Robertson Suite in honor of the longtime Cougar football play-by-play man.
Bob's significant contributions to baseball in our community make him an easy choice for being not only a recipient of the Dill Howell Award but also for induction into the Broadcaster/Sportswriter category of the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Hall of Fame.
In closing, remember "always be a good sport, be a good sport always."