ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The legacy of legendary Lobos broadcaster Mike Roberts is being honored Sunday night by the University of New Mexico community.
For decades, Lobos sports fans relied on Mike Roberts to give them the play-by-play at Lobos football and basketball games.
Sunday, the Lobo community was given the chance to show how much Roberts meant to them at his public viewing at The Pit.
For this Lobos fan, growing up in Roswell, Mike Roberts was his front row ticket to Lobos football and basketball games.
“That sort of relief when I could get his voice coming loud and clear through the speakers, and be with him for the rest of the night,” said Michael Vickers, a Lobos fan.
True to his nickname the “Voice of the Lobos” — Roberts’ voice was as iconic as the man himself.
“How do you not recognize his voice? I would hear his commercials and be like, ‘Hey there’s Mike,” said Maggie Trujillo, a friend of Roberts.
Many of those who listened in on his calls came to pay their respects to the local legend at The Pit today. His family said they were shocked by all the love from the Lobo community.
“All the outpouring and the good wishes people have sent our way. It was surprising to us how much they still thought of him as the voice of the Lobos,” said Becky Roberts, daughter of Mike Roberts.
He became the voice of the Lobos in the 1960’s, calling UNM games until he retired three years ago. Roberts passed away after a battle with cancer a little less than two weeks ago, he was 83-years-old. His kids tell us just how seriously their dad took his love for the Lobos.
“Dad took losing really hard. He would get physically sick sometimes because he would get so upset,” said Scott Roberts, son of Mike Roberts.
“If you weren’t a Lobo fan, you didn’t get to eat supper at the house,” said Becky.
The Lobo community said what hits them the hardest is how games will never sound the same.
“It’s like we are losing the ability to hear games on the roads through the eyes of one of our own,” said Vickers.
It wasn’t just the Lobos, Roberts’ children tell us he was also very serious about the family being Dallas Cowboys fans. And he wasn’t just a broadcaster, Roberts also made part of his living selling cattle and mares at his Red Rock Ranch in Mountainair.