Bob Behler Named Idaho Sportscaster of the Year

                BOISE, Idaho - Bob Behler, the football and men's basketball radio play-by-play voice for Boise State University, has been named Idaho Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

                Behler is one of 110 state sportscasters and sportswriters from 49 states and the District of Columbia who will be honored during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14-16 (Saturday-Monday) in Salisbury, North Carolina.  Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman won the state's sportswriter award.

                Along with his play-by-play duties for the Broncos, Behler also provides sports updates at KBOI-AM (670) radio in Boise.

                In the past three years he has called some of the football team's most historical victories calling the Broncos' 17-10 defeat of TCU in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  He was also behind the radio microphone when Boise State's posted wins over the over the University of Oregon in 2008 (37-32 in Eugene) and 2009 (19-8 in Boise), and in the Broncos' win 33-30 win over Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. to open the 2010 season. 

                Boise State's record in football the past three years with Behler announcing the games is 38-2.

He came to Boise at the start of the 2008-09 season after serving nine years as the Director of Broadcast Services at the University of Massachusetts.  There he won eight Associated Press awards for his play-by-play of Minutemen sports. 

                From 1986-99, Behler was the voice at Bucknell University (Penn.) and from 1985-86 he broadcast for the Chattanooga Lookouts AA baseball team.

                His past free lance credits include the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS Radio and SportsCenter updates for ESPN radio. 

Behler received his bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia (1985) where he announced women's basketball and baseball.  A native of Stockton, Calif., he started his broadcasting career in high school doing local sports.

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