- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

STARKVILLE, MISS. (AP) - After nearly six decades, Mississippi State radio broadcaster Jack Cristil will retire as the voice of the Bulldogs.

The 85-year-old Cristil announced the decision after LSU beat Mississippi State 84-82 on Wednesday night.

Cristil cited health issues, saying he needed kidney dialysis that required immediate attention. He says Saturday’s game against Tennessee will be his last.

He was hired before the 1953 football season and has been a fixture on Mississippi State radio broadcasts over the past 58 years.

He added basketball play-by-play duties in 1957 and has broadcast more than 2,000 athletic events during his career.

He’s been named the Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year 21 times and was named the SEC Broadcaster of the Year in 1988.

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