University of Colorado sports fans who keep track of the Buffs on the radio on game days will have a new voice in their heads during football and men`s basketball games this year.

Former Buff quarterback Charles (C.J.) Johnson will no longer work the sidelines for KOA radio (850 AM) this fall or serve as an analyst for the Buffs men`s basketball team in the winter.

Johnson recently began an afternoon sports talk show with fellow former Buff Joel Klatt on another Denver radio station operated by the Front Range Sports Network.

Starting the show with Klatt meant Johnson, who also works for the CU athletic department as an associate athletics director, had to give up the gig at Clear Channel, which owns KOA.

Charles Johnson interviews Dan Hawkins during the University of Colorado game against Nebraska on Friday on Folsom Field in Boulder November 27, 2009.Photo
Charles Johnson interviews Dan Hawkins during the University of Colorado game against Nebraska on Friday on Folsom Field in Boulder November 27, 2009. Photo by Cliff Grassmick / The Camera ( Cliff Grassmick )
Johnson is expected to continue hosting "The Buffalo Stampede" television show on FSN.

Johnson took over the sideline reporting job in 2005 from former Buff running back Bobby Anderson.

"CJ did a phenomenal job,"said Buffs play-by-play man Mark Johnson, who also serves as sports director at KOA . "He is such a huge part of the college football lore at the University of Colorado with the fifth down, the national championship and the Orange Bowl MVP and all that goes along with it. So we`re going to miss that. You just don`t replace that."

Mark Johnson will continue to team with legendary radio man Larry Zimmer for Buffs football games this fall. Mark Johnson is starting his seventh season as the Voice of the Buffs.


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Zimmer is closing in on 40 years covering Colorado sports teams.

Mark Johnson also will continue to call Buffs basketball games, but it`s unclear who will fill the seat beside him in the Coors Events Center and in campus arenas across the Big 12 Conference during coach Tad Boyle`s first season. Mark Johnson said a decision hasn`t been made about whether to hire one person to fill both the football and basketball jobs.

He said Clear Channel, Buffalo Sports Properties and the leadership of the athletic department will all play a part in choosing the right person or people for the jobs.

Mark Johnson said it`s nice to have the perspective a former player can bring to the broadcast but the station isn`t necessarily looking for another former Buff to fill Johnson`s shoes.

"Being that this was all just finalized in the last week or so, we`re in the very early stages of it," Mark Johnson said. "So the first thing we`re focusing on is what we are doing on the sidelines for college football Saturdays.

"We`ll figure that out first and then we`ll take a look at, can that person do basketball? Is that their expertise or do we need two people entirely. It`s all totally up in the air at this point in time."