Mark Johnson, who has been the voice of Colorado football and basketball for 13 years, will continue in that role, despite being dismissed by KOA radio on Monday.
The sports director at KOA for the past 13 years, Johnson was a budget-cutting casualty from the station. However, more than a year ago, Johnson’s contract was split between KOA and Learfield Communications, which holds CU’s broadcasting rights.
Because of that split, Johnson’s role with Learfield will not change, and he said he will still be in the booth with Gary Barnett for CU football games and courtside with Scott Wilke for CU men’s basketball games.
“Over the course of 13 years doing those broadcasts, I feel like I’ve been adopted into the family and become a Buffalo for life,” Johnson said. “The fact that I continue in that role, that’s fantastic; that is awesome news for me.
“I’m ecstatic to continue as the voice of the Buffs for a long, long time hopefully.”
Johnson will also continue doing CU coaches’ shows, TV work and speaking engagements with the Buffs. So, those who follow Johnson’s work with the Buffs likely won’t notice any change.
“What this does, it changes my day to day … what I did the other times when I was not involved with CU programming,” he said.
While disappointed, Johnson said he’s looking forward what the future holds for him.
“I’m a guy that lives by my faith,” he said. “I’ve lived by it and talked about it for a long time, so now it’s time for me to walk by it and understand there’s a broader purpose here for all of this.”
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