In the fall of 2018, Mike Allegre will begin his 25th season as the "Voice of the Bearcats" for Willamette football. He is starting his 19th consecutuive year broadcasting WU basketball.
Allegre began his broadcasting career while attending Central Washington University from 1980-83. After working in television and radio news/sports in Bend from 1983-86, he moved to Keizer and renewed local radio coverage of high school and Bearcat sports at KYKN and at KCCS.
During more than 35 years as a sportscaster, Allegre has broadcast over 1,000 high school and college games, including high school state championships and hundreds of Willamette contests. He broadcast for the Bearcats during the 1997 NAIA Divisoin II Football Championship Game as Willamette placed second in the nation. He also has provided play-by-play announcing for games in the Little League Softball World Series.
In 1989 he became the first sports announcer for Salem’s new Capitol Community Television (CCTV). Allegre has been recognized for his work by the Associated Press, Salem Sports & Breakfast Club and Willamette University Athletics.
A Hood River, Oregon native, Allegre worked more than 25 years as a government and military public information officer. Currently, he is the quality of life coordinator for residents at both of Oregon's Veterans homes. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force from 1976-80. In 2007, he retired as a major from the Oregon Air National Guard after honorably serving as a public affairs officer for 21 years.
Allegre and his wife Suzanne live in Keizer and between them have five children and five grandchildren.