Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced that Randy Lee has been selected the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” Monday. He replaces Mike Legg, who is relocating to Memphis after serving in the role the last six years.
“I'm very excited to have the special opportunity of joining the Western Kentucky University and Big Red Radio Network family as the play-by-play broadcaster,” said Lee, who has 25 years experience calling play-by-play action on the collegiate level. “WKU has been fortunate to have such wonderful radio play-by-play broadcasters as Wes Strader, Dave Hunziker and Mike Legg over the last 40-plus years. I’m extremely fortunate WKU has placed their confidence and trust in me to let me follow their legacy.
“It’s an exciting time and period of growth for Western Kentucky University athletics. The history of Hilltopper athletics has been one of many success stories, and I look forward to going along for the ride and contributing to the future memories of such a passionate fan base.”
Lee has been with the Husker Sports Network since 2002, where his duties have included calling the play-by-play action, hosting pregame, postgame and halftime segments, and serving as host for both coaches television and radio shows for Nebraska football, men’s basketball and baseball. In addition, he has generated more than two million dollars in sales for the network, which is a role he will also be responsible for in his new position on the Hill.
“We are excited to welcome Randy Lee to the WKU family, and to continue a tradition created by Mike Legg and our play-by-play announcers before him,” said Brad Edmondson, General Manager of Hilltopper Sports Marketing, the school’s multimedia rights holder which runs the Big Red Radio Network. “Randy possesses all the skills to be a great success in this position, and will tell WKU’s story with all the passion, conviction and pride that our fans enjoy.”
Prior to his stint in Nebraska, Lee was the play-by-play voice for UC Santa Barbara from 1997-02. He handled those duties at Angelo (Texas) State for six years, and also has play-by-play experience at Fairmont (W.Va.) State (1989-90), Indian River (Fla.) Junior College (1988-89), Charlotte (1986-87) and Charleston Southern (1985-86). Lee began in the field as an undergraduate student at Marshall.
“Mike Legg will be a tough act to follow given all he has been able to deliver to Hilltopper fans over the last six years. We will certainly miss his talent and his enthusiasm, as Mike has been a vital part of our community,” said Selig. “We feel we have found an ideal replacement as our new ‘Voice of the Hilltoppers’ in Randy Lee, though, who comes to WKU with a wealth of radio experience at the highest Division I level. Certainly, Randy will be a great asset for us as we begin our I-A transition having been such a successful broadcaster at this level. It will not take long for our alumni and followers to become big Randy Lee fans.
“I’m pleased that the position generated considerable national interest, as evidenced not only in our decision to hire Randy but with the number of qualified candidates who applied for the opening. I think that is a direct reflection of the continued growth and national reputation that WKU is establishing athletically.”
“We are very excited to have Randy Lee join the Hilltopper family,” added WKU Associate Athletic Director B.J. Burton. “He is a great talent with an exciting and passionate delivery. Randy will keep our broadcasts interesting not only with facts and stories, but with his high quality play-by-play description.”
Lee also has numerous minor league baseball broadcasts to his credit, and he called spring training games for the New York Mets from 1988-91. In addition to having six minor league All-Star Games — the 1984 and ’85 South Atlantic League, 1987 Southern League, and the Florida State League from 1988-90 — to his credit, Lee called Southern California football games against San Jose State in 2001 and Auburn the following season.
A two-time Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year, Lee earned his bachelor’s degree from Marshall in 1985. He has a 22-year-old daughter, Tessa, who resides in Kansas City.
“I’m looking forward to returning to live and work in the south,” he said. “The friendly people and life style is one that I always enjoyed. I feel like I’m going home again.”