Another big change for Bama: Eli Gold out as voice of Tide football

Tuscaloosa News file photo by Neil Brake via AP / The University of Alabama announced Wednesday that Eli Gold, pictured, is being replaced as the radio play-by-play radio announcer for Crimson Tide football after 35 years in the role. Chris Stewart will take over starting with the A-Day spring game.
Tuscaloosa News file photo by Neil Brake via AP / The University of Alabama announced Wednesday that Eli Gold, pictured, is being replaced as the radio play-by-play radio announcer for Crimson Tide football after 35 years in the role. Chris Stewart will take over starting with the A-Day spring game.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Longtime Alabama football radio announcer Eli Gold's time with the Crimson Tide is up.

The school announced Wednesday that Chris Stewart will replace Gold, 70, starting with the A-Day spring football game. Gold has been the voice of Alabama football for 36 years, calling seven national championship games, 11 Southeastern Conference championships and 35 bowl games.

"Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team," Jim Carabin, vice president and general manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network, said in a release announcing the change. "We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role."

Stewart has been with the network in a variety of positions since 1998. He had filled in for Gold during the 2022 season, when the longtime broadcaster was battling cancer. Gold resumed partial duties last season, calling home games and the Iron Bowl rivalry matchup at Auburn to close the regular season.

Gold told AL.com that he does not plan to retire.

"Well, the university has chosen not to bring me back," Gold said. "This is not, with a capital N-O-T, not at all health-related. I am very healthy. Everything is wonderful. I am healthy as a horse."

Gold's exit comes in the same year Nick Saban retired as Alabama's head football coach after 17 seasons in Tuscaloosa with six national championships. Kalen Deboer was hired by the Tide to take over for Saban after leading the Washington Huskies to a national runner-up finish this past season.

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