December 3, 2023

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Whereas all of the motion takes place on the sector at Lane Stadium, one man has the most effective seat in the home. On Sept. 30, Virginia Tech radio analyst Mike Burnop unlocks a profession achievement few have reached in broadcasting, by calling 500 consecutive soccer video games.

“It means I’m an outdated fossil. And I’ve been round a very long time. However I imply truthfully, I’ve been blessed to have the ability to do it this lengthy,” stated Burnop.

For over 40 years on the street, in distinctive venues like Bristol Motor Speedway or within the confines of Lane Stadium, Mike Burnop has seen all of it. He’s offered shade commentary for the Virginia Tech Sports activities Community.

“By no means to overlook a sport for being sick or no matter, having street points or no matter, been very lucky, blessed, don’t take a day as a right. I feel again to these early years when my spouse needed to maintain the three youngsters once I was gone each weekend, in order that was type of powerful….Nevertheless it’s been a heck of a experience,” defined Burnop.

The previous Hokies tight finish remembers his first time behind the microphone in 1982. Calling a sport that didn’t contain Virginia Tech in any respect.

“After we obtained began, we went right down to Wake Forest, obtained on the roof of the press field and did that sport in opposition to Appalachian State. Wake and App. As a result of we have been going to open up in opposition to Wake Forest the following week in order that’s what we did. We known as that sport, listened to the tape recorder on the way in which again and subsequent week we began stay. It was just a little bit completely different, just a little bit odd. That stuff would by no means occur in as we speak’s world,” recalled Burnop.

Since then Burnop’s voice has been a part of the soundtrack of each Virginia Tech soccer sport, however he admits tonight’s milestone crept up on him.

“By no means thought that it could ever occur. By no means actually considered it. I couldn’t inform you when the a centesimal sport was or the 2 hundredth. However 500, that’s a fairly unbelievable milestone, very lucky, very fortunate, very humbled.”

In accordance with Burnop, broadcasting one other 500 video games might not be on the horizon.

“Most likely not. I’ll be pushing up daisies.”

For Burnop there’s no secret superstition that has been the important thing to his success all these years simply preparation. Burnop’s position continues to transcend the printed sales space. He additionally does postgame interviews from the Virginia Tech locker room and he’s the radio analyst for the Hokies males’s basketball broadcasts.

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