ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former UNM Sportscaster Roberts Makes Return to Pit
Mike Roberts stood at the bottom of the Pit ramp, wondering why he had
been asked back to the building he had worked in for so many years.
“I really don’t know why I’m here,” he kept saying.
And it didn’t help when a security guard tried to chase him and had to be told that UNM was about to honor this man for his 41 years as a Lobo broadcaster.
When he found himself on the Pit court for a brief pregame ceremony, looking up at the 15,239 fans who had come to watch New Mexico play Arizona State on a Tuesday evening, he was unsure what the reaction would be.
He needn’t have worried.
The arena announcer barely uttered the words “The voice of the Lobos … ” when the crowd of 15,000 stood. The rest of the introduction was drowned in cheers.
“It was nice,” an emotional Roberts said. “It was nice.”
It was Roberts’ first time attending a UNM men’s basketball game since being forced out after the 2007-08 basketball season.
While his relationship with the UNM administration remains frosty, he has always maintained strong ties with the Lobo faithful.
“I’ve always appreciated them and their support down through the years,” Roberts said. “I probably couldn’t have lasted as long as I did without them.
“I received so many nice cards and telephone calls. There was a couple from Belen that made me a Lobo quilt. You walk somewhere and they say, ‘Hey, we miss you, hope everything’s all right.'”
Roberts was back in the Pit on Wednesday night announcing high school basketball for KQTM-FM. He’s been calling prep football and basketball games for the station, and he likes it.
“I enjoy what I’m doing now,” Roberts said. “I work for a great guy in Joe O’Neill. They try to keep me busy.”
Tuesday night, there were well wishers at every turn.
“After you do something for 41 years, it’s hard not to miss it,” Roberts said.