Longtime Auburn radio personality Andy Burcham has been named the new Voice of the Auburn Tigers, and will serve as the lead announcer for Auburn football, men's basketball and baseball.
Burcham takes over as Voice of the Auburn Tigers from longtime announcer Rod Bramblett, who died in May in an automobile accident.
Burcham said he is thrilled to take up the new position, although he admitted the difficulty in taking it over after Bramblett.
"While it's a bittersweet time and I wish the circumstances creating this opportunity were different, I am honored to be following the footsteps of such legends as Rod Bramblett, Jim Fyffe, and others," he said. "I understand and love Auburn and its tradition. I can't wait to be part of it moving forward."
Burcham has been the play-by-play announcer for women's basketball since 1988 and served with Bramblett the past 25 years in baseball broadcasts. He has also served as the pre- and postgame locker room host for Auburn football since 1990.
He also has experience calling football play-by-play, serving as the announcer for Auburn football on pay-per-view and tape-delayed broadcasts from 1992 to 2013.
Burcham will also co-host Tiger Talk with fellow broadcaster Brad Law, who will take over Burcham's role as pre- and postgame locker room host. Britt Bowen will step in to broadcast Auburn women's basketball and softball.
"Simply put, Andy is unquestionably the right man for the job," said Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene in a news release. "His experience as a broadcaster is extensive and his affinity for Auburn is unrivaled.
"Andy is a true Auburn man."
For football games, Burcham will partner with Stan White, who worked with Bramblett for 16 years calling Auburn football.
"When hearing the news that Andy Burcham would be taking over play-by-play duties for Auburn, the first thought that came to mind is that Rod Bramblett is somewhere smiling right now because his close friend and colleague is carrying on the tradition as Voice of the Auburn Tigers," said White. "Obviously, it's been a tough three months for the Auburn family as well as our network family with the passing of our dear friends Rod and Paula. Andy will bring the leadership and work ethic that would make Rod proud to carry on those duties."
When Brambeltt took over for former broadcaster Jim Fyffe in 2003, he experimented with making his own mark on Auburn scoring plays, before settling three years later on honoring Fyffe's tradition of yelling "Touchdown, Auburn!" It's an issue that Burcham has also been contemplating recently.
"I can't tell you exactly if I will or not," he said of yelling 'Touchdown, Auburn.' "I'm not ruling it out of the question at this point, but if I do it, it's going to be something that is organic.
"I'm not going to do it just because Jim and Rod did it. It'll be something that I feel is needed at that point."
Burcham will call his first football game when the Tigers open the season on Aug. 31 against Oregon in Arlington, Texas.