Ray Christensen, a Minnesota Golden Gophers radio legend, has died. He was 92.
The WCCO-AM 830 play-by-play announcer called Gophers football and basketball games for 50 years until he retired in 2001, as reported by the Star Tribune. Christensen reportedly died Sunday afternoon after an upper respiratory infection.
He was a member of the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame. As noted by the National Football Foundation, Christensen called the Gophers’ last game at Memorial Stadium and first game in the Metrodome.
Christensen then returned in 2009 at the age of 85 when the Gophers held their first game at the new TCF Bank Stadium.
From the Star Tribune‘s Paul Walsh:
“Being able to broadcast play-by-play in all three stadiums — Memorial, the Dome and now TCF, that’s great,” Christensen said in the days leading up to the game. “I’m looking forward to it. It makes me feel more important than it should, I fear.”
WCCO remembers Minnesota announcer Ray Christensen
— WCCO Radio (@wccoradio) February 6, 2017
Christensen also called games for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and the Minneapolis Lakers, among other events. He was a 1949 graduate of Minnesota. The radio announcer called more than 500 Gophers football games and more than 1,300 Gophers basketball games in his career.