Sandalow Steps Down After 41 Years Behind Microphone

Nov. 3, 2017

Following 41 years spent behind the microphone serving as the LMU men’s basketball public address announcer and “The Voice of the Lions,” LMU Hall of Famer Bernie Sandalow has decided to step down from his position.

While he will no longer provide the public address announcements in Gersten Pavilion, LMU fans will still be able to hear Sandalow during LMU baseball games at Page Stadium this year as he begins his 22nd season with the team.

An LMU graduate from the class of 1978, Sandalow finishes his tenure as the dean of college basketball announcers in the West Coast Conference, and closes a run amongst the longest-tenured announcers for a single NCAA Division I basketball program in the United States.

Sandalow has been on the microphone for some of the most exciting moments in LMU sports history, including the 1990 men’s basketball run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament under legendary coach Paul Westhead, and LMU’s three consecutive West Coast Conference baseball championships (1998-2000). He has announced numerous conference championship tournaments hosted by LMU in both basketball and baseball. He has also announced a variety of basketball events held at LMU and elsewhere, including the Special Olympics World Games 2015 Los Angeles and the California State Community College championship tournament. Altogether, Sandalow has announced more than 1,000 games and other events throughout his career.

In addition to LMU, local venues at which Sandalow has announced include the Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Long Beach Arena, the Galen Center at USC, and the Matadome at Cal State Northridge. In 1984, he served as an assistant Venue Press Chief during the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles.

In addition to his sports announcing duties, Sandalow is frequently called on to serve as emcee for various functions at LMU, including Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and pre- and post-season team banquets.

Inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, Sandalow is also a member of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers.

LMU Athletics will honor Sandalow at halftime of the 3 p.m. men’s basketball game against Pepperdine on Saturday, February 10.

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