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Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice

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"Carolina has a knack for developing legends; albeit Dean Smith or Michael Jordan. But there is another one that all Tar Heel faithful should celebrate—Woody Durham. He is the ultimate pro's pro. I admire him beyond words."
—Jim Nantz, lead play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS

From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” the radio play-by-play man for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our State magazine once said: “To his listeners, he has been a ...
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Overview

"Carolina has a knack for developing legends; albeit Dean Smith or Michael Jordan. But there is another one that all Tar Heel faithful should celebrate—Woody Durham. He is the ultimate pro's pro. I admire him beyond words."
—Jim Nantz, lead play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS

From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” the radio play-by-play man for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our State magazine once said: “To his listeners, he has been a faceless passenger in a car, the audio to a muted television, or the man inside the earplugs. To his listeners, he’s what powder blue sounds like.” Even in Kenan Stadium or the Dean Smith Center, hundreds of fans listened to the radio at the games so Woody could tell them what was really happening on the field or the court.
In this autobiography, Woody takes the reader on a nostalgic stroll down memory lane—from his descriptions of a sleepy Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and the days of football legend Choo Choo Justice to the enormous changes in college sports and how they are covered to his dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about the coaches and players he worked with during his tenure. An appendix offers Woody’s thoughts on every football and basketball player he covered who has an honored jersey at UNC.
As coauthor Adam Lucas describes in his acknowledgments: “This book is about [Woody’s] life, but for many of us, it’s also about an era of Tar Heel sports—one that we heard through him.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895875778
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 964,419
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Lucas is the publisher of Tar Heel Monthly and Tar Heels Today and a columnist on TarHeelBlue.com. He is the author of six books about Carolina basketball. He and Woody Durham both live in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Walking through History 1

Chapter 1 Beginnings 13

Chapter 2 The Undergrad Years 25

Chapter 3 Early Experience 37

Chapter 4 ACC Television 52

Chapter 5 Voice of the Tar Heels 62

Chapter 6 National Champions 75

Chapter 7 From Heroes to Friends 87

Chapter 8 World Travels 98

Chapter 9 Chapel Hill 116

Chapter 10 Outside the Booth 126

Chapter 11 The Family Business 137

Chapter 12 Transitions 150

Chapter 13 Football Gets Close 167

Chapter 14 Roy Williams Comes Home 177

Chapter 15 NCAA Issues 189

Chapter 16 Retirement 197

Acknowledgments 217

Appendix Honored Tar Heel Players 223

Index 239

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