Toby Rowland to be play-by-play voice for OU athletics

Toby Rowland, a KWTV-9 sports reporter and KREF-AM 1400 morning talk show host, will be named the new University of Oklahoma play-by-play voice, The Oklahoman has learned.

Rowland, who has been sideline reporter on the OU football broadcasts the past two seasons, will replace longtime announcer Bob Barry Sr., who retired after the basketball season.

"I am beyond humbled to be entrusted with a position that has such a rich and storied history at the University of Oklahoma,” Rowland said. “I have the greatest respect and admiration for Mr. Barry, Mr. (John) Brooks and all the men who have held the microphone at OU. It is with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement that I look forward to carrying the torch forward in a way that will hopefully make them proud."

A graduate of Southern Nazarene University, joined KWTV in 1999. He has won several broadcasting honors, including a Regional Emmy award for the 2005 Orange Bowl Blitz.

“Toby has worked extensively for us for several years in a number of capacities and we know well his skill and versatility,” OU athletics director Joe Castiglione said. “He has earned the respect of our staff and many others, and we know the tremendous work ethic he will expend carrying out the play-by-play duties. Outside our department, it has been encouraging to watch his expanding role in the marketplace. He is a talented broadcaster with a creative flare, and he has flourished in multiple media settings. We expect him to flourish in this role as well.”

Rowland will make his first appearance as the OU radio play-by-play announcer at the April 16 Red/White Spring Football Game.

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, NewsOK

"This is an unbelievable honor. I owe so many people giant thank you's for opening doors for me along the way. Especially my friends at SNU. Bobby Martin and Paul McGrady trusted me many years ago and put me on the air doing basketball games. I just hope I can make the great sooner fans proud," said Toby Rowland ('95).