Columbus Crew SC announced on Monday morning that the “Voice of the Crew,” Dwight Burgess is stepping down from his broadcast booth role with the team. Burgess ends a 24-year career with the Black & Gold where he worked as the team’s color analyst for television broadcasts, a radio analyst and a host of other Crew television and radio broadcasts.
“As a member of Columbus Crew SC’s broadcast team since the League’s inaugural season, Dwight proudly served as the ‘Voice of the Crew’ for nearly a quarter of a century, leaving a mark on both the Club and its supporters,” Crew president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in the press release. “We understand and respect Dwight’s decision to step down and although we will miss him in his familiar role, Dwight knows that he will always be a member of the Black & Gold family. We look forward to recognizing his contributions to the Club as we begin a new campaign and we wish him health and happiness in the next chapter of his life.”
Burgess began his time with the Crew in 1996, the club’s inaugural season. He has been a part of nearly all of the club’s major moments throughout its history, including when the Black & Gold won the franchise’s first championship, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002, and was on the call when Columbus captured the team’s only MLS Cup title in 2008. Burgess has seen the team go through multiple owners, head coaches and witnessed stars like Brian McBride, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Federico Higuain come and go.
The Crew is set to honor Burgess at the first game of the 2020 season on March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium.
”Having spent much of my life speaking, I’m suddenly struggling for the right words,” Burgess said in the release. “How does one sum up more than two decades of work in a few sentences? What I can say is, serving the past 24 years as the ‘Voice of the Crew’ has been an absolute labor of love. The people I’ve met, the experiences enjoyed, and the memories created are far more than any one person deserves, but they’re mine and I’m keeping them.”
In addition to his responsibilities calling Black & Gold games, Burgess was on the broadcast for a variety of national and international soccer events, including SiriusXM’s 2006 FIFA World Cup coverage and has called games for various high school, college and professional sporting events throughout the region. Burgess has also served as the head men’s soccer coach at Wittenberg University since 2015. Before taking the job with the Tigers, Burgess worked for Capital University, serving for 10 years as the men’s head coach and eight years as the women’s head coach. Burgess also worked as the Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association’s Executive Director from 2015-2019.
“The list of thank you’s is far too long to address in one sitting,” Burgess continued in the release. “Suffice it to say, I wouldn’t be here today without the support, caring and friendship of so many. I’m deeply proud of whatever small part I may have played in helping bring the Crew, the supporters and the community, together. Recent health events have forced me to take a step back and focus on what’s most important, my family, but that will never sever my deep connection with the Black & Gold and who knows, perhaps one day our paths will cross again. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
The Crew is currently taking part in preseason ahead of the 2020 season in California. The Black & Gold will move preseason to Mexico in early February before taking part in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup prior to the season-opening game against New York City FC on March 1.