|Position:||Director of Broadcast & News Content/"Voice of the Spiders"|
Bob Black, "Voice of the Spiders" and Director of Broadcast & News Content, and a voice synonymous with University of Richmond athletics, provides the play-by-play account for Spider football and men's basketball broadcasts on radio, television and SpiderTV. Black has called Spider athletic events since the 1983-84 basketball season, when Richmond made its first NCAA tournament appearance, and has been behind the microphone for every NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game that Richmond has ever played, including the 1988 and 2011 Sweet 16 appearances.
Black called the football team's run to the 2008 National Championship and the baseball team's appearance in the NCAA Super Regional in 2002. Black hosts weekly radio call-in shows with head men's basketball coach Chris Mooney and head football coach Danny Rocco on ESPN 950AM and RichmondSpiders.com. Black is a four-time (1997, 2000, 2008, 2010) Virginia Sportscaster of the Year award winner.
Black joined the athletic department staff full time when he was named Director of Broadcast & Internet Properties in 2001. Black was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Communications in 2005, directing five full-time staff members in the athletic public relations department. Black’s responsibilities also include managing Spider radio, television and internet properties.
In September 2015, Black transitioned to the newly-created position of Director of Broadcast & News Content. During his 10-and-a-half years as Assistant AD for Communications, the public relations department enjoyed unprecedented growth in staffing and technology. Black has been the consistent force for the award-winning “SpiderTV”—Spider Athletics’ live video streaming and broadcast service, considered throughout collegiate athletics as a leader at the FCS/mid-major Division I level.
Black will remain in his familiar role as the longtime “Voice of the Spiders." He will coordinate and provide content for Richmond’s broadcast and online properties, including the Spider IMG Radio Network, SpiderTV and RichmondSpiders.com.
Prior to joining the athletic department on a full-time basis, Black was Program Director and afternoon sports talk show host at WRNL-AM. Black spent 11 years as play-by-play voice of the Triple-A Richmond Braves baseball team and served as morning and weekend sports anchor at CBS affiliate, WTVR Channel 6.
A 1981 graduate of Syracuse University, Black called the first football game played at SU's Carrier Dome, and also was a reporter at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, where he covered the historic United States ice hockey victory over the Soviet Union.
Black and his wife, Karen reside in Richmond. They have a son, Will (20), a senior at Roanoke College, where he is a two-time All-ODAC catcher on the baseball team, and a daughter, Sarah, a 2012 graduate of Bridgewater (Va.) College, where she rode on the equestrian team. Both children are graduates of Mills Godwin High School.