AUBURN, Ala. -- Rod Bramblett, a familiar voice to listeners and viewers of Auburn Network broadcasts, has been named the lead announcer for Auburn football and men's basketball, according to an announcement by the Auburn Network and the Auburn Athletic Department.
Bramblett assumes the duties held by Jim Fyffe, who passed away May 15 from a brain aneurysm.
Bramblett, who serves as the Auburn Network's Director of Broadcast Services, has served as Auburn's baseball radio play-by-play announcer for the last 11 seasons. He has also served as host of the network's weekly call-in show, Tiger Talk, as well as the Auburn Basketball Review and Auburn Football Preview television shows.
"I'm looking forward to this opportunity and appreciate the confidence that Mike Hubbard and David Housel have shown in me," Bramblett said. "Like Jim (Fyffe) always said, this is a dream job. I've always hoped to have a chance to follow in his footsteps. It will obviously be a difficult year for all of us involved with the Auburn Network because Jim was the consummate professional and terrific human being. I hope to do him proud with my performance on the air."
On Auburn Network football radio broadcasts, Bramblett handled the pre-game and post-game interviews with head coach Tommy Tuberville and Auburn players and also served as the studio host for the network's men's basketball broadcasts. Bramblett also coordinates the network's broadcast affiliate relations and oversees its satellite audio distribution division.
"Selecting a successor to Jim Fyffe is not an easy task, but I am confident Rod Bramblett is the right person to step into this role," said Mike Hubbard, President of the Auburn Network. "First and foremost, he is a quality person as well as an outstanding broadcaster. Although he obviously has some big shoes to fill, I am certain that Auburn people will appreciate his incredible talent, his loyalty to Auburn University, and value his years of service to the Auburn Network."
Bramblett, a 1988 graduate of Auburn, has also served as a color analyst on the Tigers' football pay-per-view and tape delay broadcasts. He will continue serving as the lead announcer for Auburn baseball broadcasts.
"Rod is a good man. He is a good Auburn man, and he has paid his dues," said Auburn athletic director David Housel. "No one will replace Jim Fyffe and Rod will not try to do that. He will give Auburn people a vivid description of what is happening on the field and on the court. He's accomplished that in everything he has done. I believe he will take his place in a long line of outstanding Auburn announcers. Mike has made a good choice."
The remainder of the Auburn Network's football broadcast talent is not expected to change for the 2003 season.
Stan White, who joined the Auburn Network in 1999, will continue serving as the color analyst for all football broadcasts. Quentin Riggins will enter his 11th season as sideline reporter for the broadcasts in 2003. Andy Burcham will handle the pre-game and post-game locker room interviews with Tuberville and players in addition to his role as play-by-play announcer on all tape delay and pay-per-view telecasts. Paul Ellen, who has been with the Auburn Network since 1990, will continue to serve as the network's studio host and anchor the football radio broadcasts.