LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For a generation of University of Wyoming sports fans the names `Dave and Kevin' need no last names attached to them, nor any further explanation. Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney have been the only voices for Cowboy football and basketball radio broadcasts that many of the current generation of Cowboy fans have known. This past Saturday, McKinney and Walsh were honored by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters (WAB) with its highest honor by being inducted into the WAB Hall of Fame. The two were fittingly inducted with a longtime colleague of theirs -- the late Rich Bircumshaw.
"The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created to honor the excellent broadcasters in our state who have made a difference in our communities with their broadcasting skills and dedication to their profession," said Laura Grott, President of the WAB. "It was our honor this year to put in three amazing sportscasters - Dave Walsh, Kevin McKinney and Rich Bircumshaw (posthumously). The class of 2015 will long be remembered for their contributions to broadcasting in Wyoming."
"Kevin and Dave are Wyoming Athletics," said UW Athletics Director Tom Burman. "Their descriptions of some of the greatest moments in Cowboy history live in our memories. The friendship and chemistry they have with each other is something that has made listening to Wyoming games a special experience for our fans for years, and we hope for years to come. It is great to see them recognized by their peers in Wyoming with this honor, and we congratulate them on their induction into the WAB Hall of Fame."
McKinney, who has worked for University of Wyoming Athletics since 1972, grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from UW in 1971. McKinney is currently the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at UW after serving for many years as Wyoming's sports information director. In 1974, he began doing color commentary on Cowboy basketball games, beginning his broadcasting career with another WAB Hall of Famer Larry Birleffi. The 1998 football season saw McKinney become the color analyst for football, joining Walsh in the radio booth for Cowboy football games. In the coming 2015-16 season, McKinney will mark 43 seasons calling Cowboy Basketball games with either Walsh or Birleffi, and he and Walsh will be teaming up for their 18th season together on Cowboy football broadcasts.
Walsh came to UW Athletics in 1984. He served as color analyst for Cowboy football and the play-by-play announcer for basketball in 1984-85. In the fall of 1985, he added play-by-play duties for football. Until June of 1986, Walsh also served as sports director at KVOC Radio in Casper, Wyo. He left KVOC to become an assistant to then Cowboy Joe Club Director Paul Roach in June 1986 and has lived in Laramie ever since. Walsh will be entering his 32nd season on Cowboy radio broadcasts in the fall of 2015, and will be serving as the "Voice of the Cowboys" for his 31st season.
Bircumshaw is remembered fondly by many across Wyoming as a broadcaster for several stations, including stops in Riverton and Casper. He also spent a few years as the Cowboys' sideline reporter for Cowboy football games, working with Walsh and McKinney. Bircumshaw concluded his career fulfilling his lifelong goal of being a play-by-play announcer for an NCAA Division I university. He received that opportunity at Colorado State University. In 1999, Bircumshaw joined the Colorado State Radio Network, and three years later in 2002 he became the Voice of the Rams where he would remain until he passed away from a stroke in the spring of 2009.