Rich Renault, longtime voice of the Greenville Lions sports team and announcer for Texas A&M-Commerce, died Sunday night.
Reno’s voice was well known to local sports fans as well as radio listeners. For many years he was the voice of two Lion teams, first the Greenville Lions as a football broadcast announcer for KGVL-AM and KIKT, often alongside commentator Bob Moody.
Later, he was the public speaking announcer for Texas A&M University-Commerce’s home football and basketball games. He was there during the transition when East Texas State University changed its name to A&M-Commerce and called “old ET” at various times during games.
Reno also broadcast news and sports on KGVL-AM, KIKT-FM and KETR-FM commercially.
He has also been an announcer and presenter for other radio stations in Northeast Texas, including KSST in Sulfur Springs, KWRD in Henderson, KAND in Corsicana, and other stations.
He was also the sports director of the TV station in Camby and was once an advertising director for the Herald-Banner.
He was also a Vietnam veteran.
“He was a man of many talents, but his greatest traits were by far his concern for everyone around him and the ability to light up any room he entered,” his son Spencer Renault wrote on Facebook. “His jokes, his laughter, his smiles. He really was one of them. I already miss him so much.”
Matt Keefer, former director of sports information for East Texas State, wrote on Facebook that he was lucky to work with “so many great people” at Commerce University.
“At the top of this list is Rich Renault,” Keifer wrote. “I learned this morning that Rich has gone home to his Savior, Jesus Christ. Rich, thank you for everything you’ve done for me (for everyone) and for being a great friend on Facebook all these years. You will always bring me a smile and wonderful memories.”