You Saw Me on the Radio: Recollections and Favorite Calls as the Voice of Aggie Athletics

You Saw Me on the Radio: Recollections and Favorite Calls as the Voice of Aggie Athletics

by Dave South

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For forty-eight years, Dave South was the radio voice of Southwest Conference and Texas A&M University football, basketball, and baseball. Along the way, he amassed a treasure trove of unforgettable stories, anecdotes, and conversations with noteworthy personalities, both on and off the field. In You Saw Me on the Radio, he collects some of his favorite stories from the broadcast booth, locker room, and other behind-the-scenes locations.

This collection of lively tales is organized around themes such as “Memorable Games,” “Players,” “Interviews,” “Goofs,” and “Fans.” These good-natured recollections of a long and colorful career are accompanied by a gallery of photographs gathered from South’s interactions with Aggie sports greats, iconic venues, and other people, places, and events that have created treasured sports memories over almost five decades. With a wink and a generous dose of self-deprecating humor, South relates some of his most embarrassing gaffes and miscues, including the time he conducted an awkward interview with the Treasurer of the United States—while having no idea who she was or what she did. He tells about the infamous “yellow spot” on Kyle Field. He reveals the truth behind “beanie weenies,” the culinary secret weapon of Texas A&M football recruiters. And of course, South pays heartfelt tribute to the coaches, players, fans, and fellow broadcasters who became his friends through the years.

Loaded with accounts of unforgettable contests, hilarious moments, and poignant memories, You Saw Me on the Radio is sure to be a favorite for fans of Texas A&M University athletics and sports lovers everywhere.

The author’s proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623498108
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 10/03/2019
Series: Swaim-Paup Sports Series, sponsored by James C. '74 & Debra Parchman Swaim and T. Edgar '74 & Nancy Paup
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 142
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

DAVE SOUTH retired in 2018 as the radio voice of Aggie football and basketball. He started as the play-by-play announcer for Texas A&M in 1985 after fifteen years with the Exxon Southwest Conference Network. In December 2018, he received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Chris Schenkel Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alan Cannon vii

Preface ix

1 How It All Got Started 1

2 Behind the Scenes 7

3 The Coaches 27

4 Dave's Take: Athletics Conferences, the SWC Radio Network, and Memorabilia 35

5 Fans: Say (and Do) the Darndest (and Nicest) Things 43

6 Games: The Good, the Bad, and Some of My Most Memorable Games 61

7 Goofs 73

8 People 79

9 Places 95

10 Final Thoughts 117

Index 127

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