For the first time in a generation, Razorback baseball radio broadcasts will feature a new play-by-play announcer next season. Chuck Barrett, who has been in that role for the last 23 seasons, has decided to step away from the baseball broadcast booth but will still do play-by-play for football and men's basketball.
While Barrett has been the voice associated with all three of the "big" Razorbacks sports for the last few years, baseball is the sport many consider to be his strongest and the one he's most associated with since he's been doing it for so much longer and many fans still only follow Hog baseball via radio since many of those games are not televised.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to broadcast Razorback Baseball for more than two decades," Barrett said. "I have enjoyed watching the Razorback baseball program grow from its early stages in the SEC to the national prominence it now enjoys. I am appreciative to Coach Norm DeBriyn, Coach Dave Van Horn, the hundreds of Razorback players and all those associated with Razorback Baseball who helped make the past 23 years so enjoyable."
Barrett will become an employee of IMG College, the University of Arkansas’ multi-media rights partner while continuing his work with the Razorback Sports Network. In addition to his football and men’s basketball play-by-play duties, Barrett will continue to host the football (The Bret Bielema Show) and men’s basketball (Full Court Press with Mike Anderson) television shows as well as weekly radio shows On the Air with Bret Bielema and Mike’d Up with Mike Anderson. Barrett will likely also continue hosting various Razorback Foundation club events throughout the year among other UA events.
The press release indicates there will be a national search for Barrett's replacement for baseball, so who knows who will take on the role next season. Is there anyone in particular you'd like to see?
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