Verne Lundquist is CBS Sports’ lead college football play-by-play announcer calling the SEC ON CBS as well as the Army-Navy game. He also calls college basketball including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and golf, including the Masters® and PGA Championship for the CBS Television Network. Lundquist has been with CBS Sports since 1982 and during his tenure has broadcast more than 20 different sports for the Network. In September 2013, he marked his 50th year in broadcasting.
Lundquist is in his 15th season calling SEC ON CBS games and ninth year teaming with analyst Gary Danielson. He previously served CBS Sports as an announcer for NFL coverage. The 2014 NCAA Tournament marked Lundquist’s 30th year calling the event and 15th partnering with analyst Bill Raftery.
Lundquist first provided commentary for coverage of the PGA Championship in 1993-94, and has been part of the announce team since 2000. He also joined the CBS Sports Masters® announce team in 1983 and has called the action at Augusta National every year except 1997-98, in addition to several other PGA TOUR events.
Lundquist was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Well known in Texas as the long-time radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys (1972-84), he was sports director at WFAA-TV in Dallas for 16 years. Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003. He won seven consecutive Texas Sportscaster of the Year Awards (1977-83). Lundquist was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. It was the first time in the 55-year history of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame that members of the media were inducted. Lundquist was part of the inaugural class along with seven other legendary sportscasters and sports writers. He also was named the 2005 Legend of the Sun Bowl by the Sun Bowl Association. In May 2014, Lundquist received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from Fordham University’s WFUV Radio. Also in 2014, he was one of six 2014 recipients named as “Champions of Sports” by Sports Business Journal, including the first-ever on-air person to be honored with that distinction, and received the Blackie Sherrod Lifetime Achievement Award in Dallas, named in honor of the legendary sports columnist. In 2011 Lundquist was recognized by the National Football Foundation, honoring him with the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football award.
Lundquist was the lead play-by-play announcer for figure skating at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games and also had extensive involvement in CBS Sports' previous coverage of the NBA. Among the 20 different sports he has broadcast for CBS include track and field, swimming and diving, boxing, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer, weightlifting, free style skiing, archery, horse racing and horse jumping, as well as serving as a regular member of the Network's golf team (1983-95).
Lundquist worked with Terry Bradshaw, who he presented at induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as Dan Fouts, and occasionally with lead analyst John Madden, on NFL ON CBS’s broadcasts. He concurrently worked at ABC Sports from 1974-81 and three years as play-by-play announcer for TNT’s NFL, NBA, golf and figure skating coverage (1995-97).
Lundquist began his career at KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas, a station owned by President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Lundquist has played himself in three movies, includingHappy Gilmore. He was born July 17, 1940, in Duluth, Minn., and grew up in Everett, Wash. and Austin.
Lundquist earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Texas Lutheran University in 1962 and received the school's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He also is a member of Texas Lutheran’s Board of Regents. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with his wife, Nancy, where he serves on the Board of Directors of the summer chamber music festival, “Strings Music Festival.” Most recently, the Lundquists were named the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s “Philanthropists of the Year” in Steamboat Springs.
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