By Brady Powers
Texas State Athletics announced today that veteran broadcaster Bill Culhane is retiring as the university’s play-by-play announcer for Bobcat football and men’s basketball.
Culhane recently entered his 27th year announcing for the Bobcats, calling nearly 600 men’s basketball games and over 250 football games during the length of his career. Culhane was the go-to-guy for Texas State announcing, filling in wherever he was needed during his time at the university.
Texas State athletic director Larry Teis expressed his appreciation for Culhane’s tireless perseverance over the almost 30 years of his tenure.
“We are so grateful for Bill Culhane’s dedicated service to Bobcat athletics,” Teis said. “He has been an integral part of Texas State’s radio broadcasts for nearly three decades, and Bobcat fans have been fortunate to hear him call many memorable games for Bobcat athletics.”
Texas State also announced that Clint Shields will take over Culhane’s duties as play-by-play announcer for Bobcat football and men’s basketball starting next semester. Shields, formerly an analyst for football broadcasts in 2019, covered the play-by-play call for Bobcat women’s basketball and baseball for the past two seasons.
“We’re fortunate to have a familiar voice in Clint to assume the play-by-play duties for Texas State football and men’s basketball games,” Teis said. “He has nearly 25 years of experience announcing football, basketball and baseball games, and we anticipate that he will do a great job in this elevated role.”
Texas State Athletics recruited Shields to their team of broadcasters before the 2018 collegiate season. Shields has also announced high school football, basketball and baseball games in the state of Texas since 1996.
Tom Boman, vice president of broadcast operations for Learfield IMG College which manages all broadcast operations for Texas State Athletics, said the decision was a no brainer for them.
“Clint will be an outstanding voice of the Bobcats, and it was an easy decision for us to make with Athletics,” Boman said.
Boman went on to praise Culhane’s outstanding tenure at the university.
“Bill will always have a life-long affinity with Texas State,” Boman said. “He has been a special part of the university, and we appreciate his talent behind the microphone.”
Featured image courtesy of the Texas State Athletic Department.