Woody Durham, longtime voice of the UNC Tar Heels, dies at 76

That should give this team a ton of confidence heading into this one that they can make something happen.

For many University of North Carolina men's basketball and football fans, the voice of longtime radio announcer Woody Durham still echo in their minds - from the jubilation at the final seconds of the four national championships the men won with Durham on the microphone, to the moments of worry when he would tell listeners to "go where you go and do what you do". Taylor Durham is the play-by-play announce for Elon University.

In 2016, it was revealed he had been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, which affected his ability to speak.

He started his broadcasting career at WUNC while attending Chapel Hill.

Durham who called more than 1,800 broadcasts, retired in 2011.

Durham also was a 13-time victor of the National Sports Media Association North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year award.

Woody Durham was a voice of the ACC for 40 years and was adored, especially by fellow broadcasters.

In June, Durham will be inducted into the National Sports Media Association's Hall of Fame.

"He was friendly, always busy and very driven", he said. Working with him I learned even more about what made him so special, namely his work ethic, preparation and care for everyone he worked with set a standard for all to emulate.


"Woody was synonymous with Carolina Athletics for decades, and his voice was gospel to generations of Tar Heels who trusted his every word".

"His influence was directly from not just what he did, but visiting with others", Wes said. "He had to be, or Coach Smith wouldn't have let him continue", Rancke said.

When I think of Woody Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels, so many memories flash though my mind.

"We couldn't have done what we've done for 15 years, if it hadn't been for guys like Woody". We should all "go where we go and do what we do" and say a prayer for Woody and his family.

Harris said the first time he saw Woody was at the Efird baseball field in 1953 after his father was transfered to the mill.

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams.

Here's a recap of UNC's 78-59 victory over SU as WAER's own Evan Stockton and Jake Marsh had the call.

Durham was a year ahead of Harris in high school, but the two both sang on the mixed chorus and the men's double quartet when Woody was a senior and Bob a junior. The 'Cuse turned it over nine times in the first half alone.

UNC has announced a celebration of Durham's life will be April 8 at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.


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