Roger Twibell is an American sportscaster for the CBS Sports Network. Twibell most often commentates on football and basketball events. Prior to working at CBS Sports, he worked at ABC, ESPN, and the Big Ten Network. He also works on pre-season games for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Twibell’s television career began as a sportscaster at KGUN-TV in Tucson, Ariz. In 1973, he moved to KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, where he worked the sports desk and did play-by-play for Oregon State football and basketball. He also broadcast local hockey, and track and field.
Twibell moved to Dallas’ KDFW-TV in 1975 before going to Miami’s WTVJ-TV the following year, where he did nightly sportscasts and Dolphins’ preseason and Fort Lauderdale Strikers play-by-play.
In 1978, he joined Boston’s WBZ-TV, handling nightly sportscasts and play-by-play of the Boston Celtics. He also did New England Patriots preseason games, the Boston Marathon and New England Teamen soccer games. Twibell also hosted a weekly in-season Patriots show.
In his three years at WBZ-TV, Twibell was voted the best play-by-play announcer in New England by the Associated Press, won a New England Emmy for play-by-play and received Syracuse University’s Phillips Award as the best nightly sportscaster.
He also worked as the host of The Morning Drive with Roger Twibell with Jeff McCarragher and as host of the 610 Morning Rush with Josh Klingler on KCSP 610 Kansas City from January 4, 2008 till January 1, 2010. He was replaced by "Bulldog" Bob Fescoe, who had been on KFNS, WHB and KMBZ.
Twibell attended the University of Arizona to play football and baseball, but after suffering career-ending knee injuries, he transferred to the University of Kansas where he graduated in 1972.
Twibell was dressed-down by Hall of Famer George Brett in May 2009 for his lack of insight into the game of baseball despite Roger's career as a sports analyst. Brett observed that Twibell had never been approached to manage a baseball team and the reason behind this was his lack of knowledge of the game of baseball.
Brett, a guest every Tuesday on Twibell's show, told Twibell he mentioned his name because he didn't want the Kansas City media to think he was singling out the rival radio network (810 sports). Brett issued an apology and later said his comments were directed towards the media on the rival sports radio station. Brett mentioned Jack Harry, Kevin Kietzman and Dave Stewart who appear on 810am, and then mentioned Twibell after a short pause.
As of August 23, 2010, Twibell works with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.
He lives with his three children Taylor, Conor, and Morgan.