Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock

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Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock is a joyful and inspiring memoir by one of the most versatile broadcasters in the nation. The millions of listeners to his daily ABC Sports shows confirm his credibility, and the additional tens of thousands of fans who tune to his radio play-by-play for University of Maryland football and basketball further demonstrate his venerable appeal.

Written with Helen Hayes's biographer, Stephen Moore, Johnny's autobiography overflows with ...

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Overview

Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock is a joyful and inspiring memoir by one of the most versatile broadcasters in the nation. The millions of listeners to his daily ABC Sports shows confirm his credibility, and the additional tens of thousands of fans who tune to his radio play-by-play for University of Maryland football and basketball further demonstrate his venerable appeal.

Written with Helen Hayes's biographer, Stephen Moore, Johnny's autobiography overflows with no-holds-barred memories and colorful stories from over fifty years of early rock radio and sportscasting adventures. His story touches an alphabet of major sports and music celebrities from Hank Aaron, Rick Barry, the Beatles, Joe DiMaggio, Ralph Friedgen, and Paul Hornung to Janis Joplin, Murray the K, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roger Miller, and both Ted and Gary Williams.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582614618
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/1903
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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Holliday is a broadcasting legend who first gained national recognition in 1959 as a rock 'n roll disc jockey at one of the pioneer Top 40 radio stations in the U.S. Cleveland's WHK. He has been the voice of the University of Maryland Terrapins men's basketball and football since 1979. For 21 years his daily sports reports have been heard on the ABC Radio Networks and have included live coverage from Olympic games.

Moore, a University of Maryland grad and Terrapins fan, is the director of advanced research computing with the Office of Information Services at Georgetown University. A member of the Writers Guild and a veteran rock musician with 30 years' experience on the Washington, DC music scene, he has written over 100 articles for various publications.

Tony Kornheiser is a sports columnist for The Washington Post. His Style column was syndicated nationwide. He brings his knowledge, opinion, and humor to a national radio and TV audience on ESPN. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
An Opening Word vii
Foreword ix
Warm Up in Miami 1
Practice in Rochester 14
Cleveland's Call 22
NYC Forward Motion 40
San Francisco High Ball 52
Hullabaloos and Hollywood 65
Warriors and Oneders 69
Washington DC's Capital Acts 81
Sports Segue 97
Fear the Turtle 110
Play-By-Play 131
Kensington Home Base 149
A Few Good Jocks 157
Baseball Legends 170
ABC Radio World View 187
The Plane Crash 199
John Joyce 207
Put Your Money On Sr. Marie Louise 211
Pitching the Commercials, Sharing the Stage 218
Afterword 233
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Great, great, great!

    As radio-TV editor of Billboard Magazine for more than a decade, I kept track of the heroics of Johnny Holliday when he was one of the nation's leading rock 'n' roll disc jockeys. I left to become a college professor. He spun right to become a sportscaster. One of the best! Here, he details his fascinating life as a deejay and the people, then does the same for sports. And he knew them all! Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    A Broadcast Icon

    Growing up, I did not have the fortune to listen to Johnny Holliday, but as a sports broadcaster and broadcast educator I quickly became familiar with the man and his work. With the introduction of audio streaming, via the internet, I finally had a chance to listen to Johnny's call. From the computer speakers, I could feel the passion and energy that he has brought to Maryland fans the past 20 plus years, and I made sure to listen as often as possible. Johnny's work also served as examples, for my students, as to how a game ought to be broadcast. Stephen Moore has written a book that is both entertaining and educational and a must read for any student of the broadcast industry. Now if I can just get him to write a book about Tony Roberts!

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