DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Roger Emrich first auditioned to be the voice of the Dallas Cowboys two years ago, but he was disappointed to learn that the team had picked KLUV morning radio show host Jody Dean instead.
Then, he got a surprising phone call from the Cowboys. Dean was ready to retire, and the Cowboys wanted Emrich to audition again. “It’s not something that I expected,” admitted Emrich.
As a veteran Dallas sportscaster for KRLD and 105.3 The Fan, Emrich knows that he can talk the talk. He practices his delivery on an imaginary play. “It’s third and one Cowboys. Tony Romo on the quarterback sneak. First down, Cowboys!”
But still, Emrich thought that he had fumbled the audition. As he tried out, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Brett Daniels were standing in the end zone, listening to his every word. A short time later, Emrich thought, “There’s no way. ‘I need a do over. Please give me a do over.’ I didn’t say that, but I thought it all the way home,” Emrich confided. “I didn’t think I did very well.”
Think again. The audition was last month, and Emrich was offered the job just a couple of days ago.
As it turns out, the Raj Mahal (as he is known) is built for this gig. “PA was always the thing I did first, and it was always my first love,” Emrich told CBS 11 News. “So, to be able to do this is an incredible gift, and to have it happen on my birthday, to hear about it on my 55th birthday, that was pretty cool.”
“I feel like I’ve been given a lot of gifts,” Emrich said. Once hitting the scale at 432 pounds, he was able to drop much of that weight with surgery. “Now, I’m 230 pounds lighter than I was four years ago, after getting gastric bypass.”
But his most important gift of all could just be his golden voice, one that might need some polishing before he learns to pronounce the difficult names of NFL players at Cowboys Stadium. “It’s incredible,” Emrich said. “I’m still pinching myself.”