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Voice of the CIAA still going strong
Al Roseboro has been calling games for 40 years
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:42 am
by Herbert L. White

When Al Roseboro became public address announcer at Winston-Salem State football and basketball games in 1973, Richard Nixon was president, a gallon of gas was 39 cents, and cell phones weren’t commercially available.

A lot has changed in 40 years, but Roseboro is still at the microphone with more than 1,000 games broadcast or announced. Roseboro, a West Charlotte High graduate who played football at WSSU, will handle the public address at this year’s CIAA basketball tournament, where he is the longest-tenured announcer working the event. Although he’s been known as the voice of the CIAA for four decades, Roseboro also does Shaw football and basketball radio play-by-play.

“I am so grateful to a long list of people who have helped and supported me in my broadcast career,” said Roseboro, a member of the CIAA and WSSU halls of fame. 

Roseboro, who was elected to the CIAA hall of fame in 2007, was a staple at WSSU as an athlete and administrator for nearly 40 years, first as a guard on the Rams football team and succeeded Clarence “Big House” Gaines as athletics director from 1991-97. He was associated vice chancellor for student affairs before retiring in 2004 and induction to WSSU’s hall of fame in 2005. He also coached the tennis and volleyball teams.

Roseboro’s connection to WSSU and the CIAA goes back to his West Charlotte days when his coach, Jack Martin, introduced him to Gaines. The two struck forged a bond that continued until Gaines’ death in 2005.

“From 10th grade on, I knew I was going to be a Ram, Roseboro told the News Argus, WSSU’s campus newspaper, in 2007.


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