Ruston’s Roberts ready to call Techsters basketball games

Louisiana Tech Athletics announced Thursday that Ruston native and University alum Kyle Roberts will be the next “Voice” of the Lady Techster Basketball program. LPJ caught up to Kyle to ask him about his newest endeavor.

Question: What does it personally mean to be the voice of the Lady Techsters?

Answer: Lady Techster basketball is incredibly meaningful to me. As someone who practically grew up in the Thomas Assembly Center, I have been a proud fan of the program my entire life. To be able to take over play-by-play duties for one of the most historic women’s college basketball programs is truly humbling, and I do not take that lightly.

Question: You have some deep connections to Louisiana Tech. Tell us about those?

Answer: I bleed Tech blue. I received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from my alma mater. From 2005-09, I served in the media relations department serving under Malcolm Butler. In those four years, I learned so much about how and why relationships matter. It has prepared me for the many roles I serve today. Overall, Louisiana Tech is a standard bearer for excellence, and I attempt to live that value out in everything I do.

Question: For those that don’t know, who is Kyle Roberts?

Answer: I am a believer, husband, and father, in that order. My wonderful wife, Dr. Judith Roberts, is a mass communications professor at the university and we are proud parents to two future Lady Techsters, Alice and Penny. I am the Chief Marketing Officer for The Center for Children and Families, which is based in Monroe, La., and I am the worship leader at a multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic church plant in Ruston called “The Springs.” I have been incredibly blessed to have many opportunities to serve my community, regardless of what those opportunities may look like.

Question: What is your background in radio?

Answer: I was very fortunate to start in 2004 as a co-host for Fox & Company. Through that opportunity, I served as the color commentator for Cedar Creek High School football that same year alongside Nick White. A couple of years later, I served as the play-by-play for West Ouachita High School and was then offered to be the voice of the Ruston Bearcats in 2010. I have been doing Ruston football ever since. And in that time, I have been able to fill in for Dave Nitz and Malcolm Butler for Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s basketball, respectively, to accommodate any scheduling conflicts.

Question: What are you looking forward to the most?

Answer: I have some enormous shoes to fill. Malcolm has set a high bar for women’s basketball broadcasting, and it’s a terrific honor to be chosen for this role. I’m mostly excited about my family having even more exposure to this powerhouse program and the people involved in it. I can’t wait to work with head coach Brooke Stoehr and her staff and watch these talented young women give their best on the court. I’ll certainly be giving my best from the broadcast booth.

PHOTO:  Kyle Roberts, his wife Dr. Judith Roberts, and their children.

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