Roger Emrich, a longtime radio reporter and the public address voice for AT&T Stadium, has died, his son said Sunday. He was 62.
Emrich, who worked for KRLD-AM (1080) for decades, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack last week.
Ted Emrich, his son and fellow sportscaster, announced his father’s death on social media Sunday.
“The man with the voice of God is now in heaven,” he tweeted. “Your relentless spirit, positive attitude, and legacy will live forever.”
The man with the voice of God is now in heaven. Your relentless spirit, positive attitude, and legacy will live forever.
Love you always, Dad. pic.twitter.com/hutfqzdixX
— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) April 28, 2019
Roger Emrich began working in 1989 at KRLD, where he reported on politics and the Texas Legislature until he started covering sports in 1993. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.
Emrich, who was born in the tiny town of Electra and grew up in New Orleans, was hired as the Cowboys’ PA announcer in 2011. The new role, announced on his 55th birthday, was the highest of honors for Emrich and his “booming voice,” his son said Sunday.
“That was a dream come true for him,” said Ted Emrich, 31.
The #DallasCowboys would like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Roger Emrich. The DFW sports world has lost a true legend. His consistent smile, warm appreciation for others and that booming voice will be missed. pic.twitter.com/UWqb3M2VII
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 28, 2019
The team said in a prepared statement Sunday that the “DFW sports world lost a true legend.”
“His consistent smile, warm appreciation for others and that booming voice will be missed,” the team tweeted.
When he was hired, Emrich told The Dallas Morning News he had auditioned for the job two years earlier, when Jody Dean was hired for the role.
After Dean decided to leave, Emrich said, the team called him.
“I felt like I was walking into hallowed ground,” he said at the time.
In a 2011 Neighborsgo story in The News, Dean said Emrich was thrilled to get the coveted role.
“For Roger, getting that job is like getting an Oscar,” he said. “I could easily see Roger doing this job for 15 to 20 years.”
While he loved sports, Roger Emrich had many interests, his son said. For one, he had a massive collection of fedora hats — he had hundreds, in all colors and designs, his son said. He was also a rock music fan, a pop culture enthusiast and a devout Christian, often attending two different churches each Sunday.
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SOURCE: Dallas Morning News, Dana Branham