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Veteran La. Tech Broadcaster Eases Into Semi-Retirement After 48 Years Behind The Mic

Louisiana Tech

The longtime voice of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Dave Nitz has decided to retire as the radio voice of football and basketball but will remain behind the mic to call baseball games.  The 78-year-old Nitz says he’s been considering this transition for about one year. 

Nitz said, "I finally got to the point that I said maybe its time for somebody else to handle the football and basketball."

Nitz has been the voice of Tech athletics for over four decades and has called over 4,000 games as he enters his 48th season of Bulldog baseball.  Despite his long career in Ruston, the West Virginia native says he never thought he’d be here this long.

Nitz said, "In radio, about every three years you moved around to different places and I landed at Louisiana Tech in 1974. I was thinking in about three years we'll be back to West Virginia or Ohio."

Nitz says he will certainly miss calling football and basketball, and he hopes the fans enjoyed his time in the booth.


Nitz was inducted as a member of the LA Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. His broadcasting career spans 60 years.