As part of our coverage of the event, I wrote this story about Rondeau and the award.
Rondeau has been part of the UW football broadcast team since 1978 except for the years 1986-88 when the rights shifted to KIRO. So his highlights are obviously many.
But he said one of the biggest is the first game, a 10-7 loss at home to UCLA in the first game he did — it was the first football game play-by-play broadcast of his life.
“I had huge butterflies like I was going to go play the game,” he said. “And then there was the elation and jubilation after we got done. I remember how jazzed I was when we were done that ‘we actually did this.”’
He said a few other highlights are the first Rose Bowl he was part of (in 1980 against Michigan) and the trips to places such as Michigan, Miami and Nebraska and all the various Apple Cups through the years.
But he said what he also takes away as much as any individual game are the relationships and the people he has met along the way.
“The fact that I’ve been able to develop relationships and friendships has really made this special,” he said.