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July 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Nelson caught off-guard by switch

Legendary UW kicker Chuck Nelson had broadcast every UW football game for the last 17 years, and was hoping to do it for another 17 years and beyond.
Instead, Nelson was called in last Wednesday and told that he would no longer be the color analyst on UW gameday broadcasts, with Damon Huard tabbed to be his replacement.
The news and explanation are detailed in the post below.
Nelson said he wasn’t told much more in the way of a reason other than that “they said they were going to make a change and go in a different direction.”
Nelson said he had no idea any change might be coming.
“There had been no indication that there had been any dissatisfaction with the product or with my role,” said Nelson. “It was news to me that there was any sort of looking for anything different than what we had been putting on the air successfully for 17 years.
“It is a surprise,” he continued. “I’m proud of how I represented my employers and the football program. It’s been a big part of my life that I looked forward to every fall and something that I very much enjoyed doing.”
He worked UW games for the old Prime Sports Northwest network beginning in 1990 before moving to the UW radio side in 1994, working alongside Bob Rondeau the entire time.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done,” he said. “I think we had one of the best college football broadcasts in America. We’ve been on the air for 17 years and I would put the work Bob andn I did against any radio college football broadcast in America.”
Nelson said he would pursue other broadcasting opportunities.
“I’d like to be in a broadcast role for somebody,” he said. “I certainly feel like I have a lot to offer as a broadcast and with my Husky knowledge. I’m probably one of the few people that have seen every Husky game the last 20 years.”

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