Thirty-two years ago, the Weber State University men’s basketball games got a new voice. It still has that voice today. In 1981, Robb Alexander took over announcing duties at the Dee Events Center for the men’s basketball games. In last Saturday’s game against Adams State University, Alexander reached a career milestone in announcing his 500th game for the Wildcats.
When asked at one point how many games he had done, Alexander did not know, so he took the time to look back and was surprised by how many it had been.
“I didn’t even realize it,” said Alexander regarding his 500th game. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve seen a lot of great basketball.”
He has continued for so long that he is recognized in the community and by WSU’s many basketball fans.
Alexander’s unparalleled interest in WSU basketball can be heard at any home game, and that enthusiasm is shared by those who know him best.
“There are not too many people that have the enthusiasm and the passion that he has for Weber State Athletics,” said Ron Goch, the associate athletic director of external operations. “He is a pleasure to work with.”
Alexander has made working at WSU his career, but not as an announcer. Alexander was the development director at WSU for 29 years, and he has had to remind people of this when he has been recognized as the announcer over the years.
It was 1976 when Alexander took an opportunity that came his way to announce for the school he then attended. John Peterson, then the sports information director, asked Alexander to help find someone who would like to handle the announcing for women’s sports at WSU. Alexander said he would help and eventually volunteered himself for the job when no one could be found. This fortunate decision led to him being asked to do the men’s basketball games in 1981. The rest is history.
Some might call the announcing a second job, but Alexander refers to it as “a dream, an awesome opportunity. I was never trained to be an announcer, but I was a huge fan and I loved Weber State basketball. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Alexander’s passion and love for WSU Athletics still burns bright and bleeds purple, and he said he still finds gratification in announcing for the school that has been such a big part of his life.
Part of what makes this so rewarding for Alexander is the ability to enjoy it with his family. Alexander, his wife Cami, and their two sons, Nathan and Parker, all have ties to WSU.
“Back when I was announcing volleyball games, Cami was the official scorekeeper, so we got to do stuff together,” Alexander said. “She’s a big basketball fan, and both of my sons have been ball boys and have been big fans, so we’ve kind of done it together as a family. It’s been a great ride.”
Alexander said he doesn’t see his announcing for WSU ending any time soon. He jokingly said he’ll be doing it “as long as I have a voice and can see.” Someday, when he has time to reflect on his time spent with WSU Athletics, “the players and the relationships you build with them” is what he will remember most. He said seeing these young adults grow up is special.