Alabama radio play-by-play broadcaster Eli Gold did some of his best work Saturday in the last minutes of the Tide’s 21-17 win over LSU.
Some kind fan has put the radio soundtrack with the television pictures for the last 2:30 or so of the game. We’ve got the video, so you can judge for yourself.
My favorite line: “Man, if I didn’t already have gray hair, I would’ve turned pure white-headed by now.”
I’ve always been a big fan of Eli Gold, going back to when he did Birmingham Barons games in the 1980s. A friend told me he thought baseball separates the men from the boys in broadcasting because there’s so much down time to fill. Eli was fabulous when he did the Barons, and he’s just as good doing Alabama football. Fans seem to like him, too, and that’s especially gratifying to see, because when he was hired for the job in 1989, he wasn’t a popular choice with some.
The Crimson Tide Radio Network announced the voice of Alabama football won’t be silenced any time soon. Eli Gold, play-by-play man since 1989, signed a four-year extension that will keep him in the booth through the 2017 season. Click here and here for samples of Gold’s work.
Ex-NFL assistant and Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage will remain his color commentator, but there will be a change in the on-field reporting.
Chris Stewart replaces former Tide linebacker Barry Krauss as the sideline reporter. Stewart has worked Alabama athletic events since 1999 and serves as the voice of Tide basketball broadcasts.
The rest of the crew remains intact with Tyler Watts and Todd Robbins handing the pre- and post-game broadcasts.