Longtime Crew SC broadcaster stepping down ahead of 2020 season

Montreal Impact's Evan Bush, back, is unable to make save as Columbus Crew's Josh Williams, front, scores a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Longtime television voice Dwight Burgess has decided to step down from Black & Gold broadcasts, Columbus Crew SC announced Monday.

During Burgess' 24 seasons with the Black & Gold, he served as a radio color analyst, a host for various Crew SC television and radio programs, as well as the emcee and host for different Crew events in addition to his duties as a color analyst for television broadcasts.

He has been a part of the club's broadcasts since its first season in 1996.

"Having spent much of my life speaking, I'm suddenly struggling for the right words. 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,” said Burgess. “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."

Burgess will be horned during Crew SC's opening match Sunday March 1 at MAPFRE stadium.