Greensboro remembers Woody Durham as one of its ownBefore he belonged to North Carolina fans, he belonged to us. Woody Durham was “The Voice of the Tar Heels” for 40 years, and before that he spent 14 years as the voice of WFMY sports, broadcasting the games played in Greensboro in the 1960s and early '70s. And he was a treasure. “Woody was one of a kind in our business,” said Irwin Smallwood. (Greensboro News & Record)
Sharing memories: Woody Durham's ties to WFMY News 2Some memories of Woody Durham extend beyond the basketball court and beyond the football field. Durham worked for more than a decade at WFMY News 2. "He came in, ready to go to work," says longtime anchor Lee Kinard, who remembered when Durham was hired in 1963. "The town fell in love with him, he made friends immediately." (WFMY)
Former Woody Durham Colleagues Remember Time with Tar Heel LegendWoody Durham, who served as the play-by-play voice for UNC athletics for 40 years, has died. Durham retired from the Tar Heel Sports Network in 2011 after four decades behind the microphone calling UNC games on affiliates across the state. Mick Mixon served as Durham’s broadcast partner and reflected on his life while speaking with WCHL’s Blake Hodge. (Chapelboro.com)
What did Ryan Switzer learn after 'Mama Switz' found out about his lip tattoo?Cowboys wide receiver and returner Ryan Switzer joined The Hardline on KTCK-FM The Ticket recently. Here are some highlights. On his academic life at UNC: "It was hard. Getting my degree was hard. It took a lot, but I think it's like that for any university. You put the work into it." On his tattoo on his right forearm: "This is a symbol. This is 'God is greater than the highs and lows.'" (Dallas Morning News)
WHKP loses a dear friend in Woody DurhamHendersonville’s WHKP has been a long-time radio affiliate of the North Carolina Tar Heels, broadcasting college basketball games and college football games, and for four decades the man behind the mic was Woody Durham. On Wednesday morning, news broke that Durham, who retired as the Voice of the Tar Heels in 2012, had passed away on Tuesday night. (Blue Ridge Now)
Tennessee Titans release Da'Norris SearcyThe Titans continued revamping their roster and clearing salary cap space in advance of free agency, informing veteran backup quarterback Matt Cassel, safety Da'Norris Searcy and wide receiver Eric Weems that they were being released, the team announced Friday. Searcy, 29, was scheduled to earn $3.85 million next season, including a $750,000 roster bonus. (Nashville Tennessean)
Woody Durham leaves memories of kindness, graciousness, humilityWoody Durham passed away early Wednesday at his home in Chapel Hill due to complications from Primary Progressive Aphasia. Woody was 76 years old and left behind a legacy of greatness behind the mic, but more important to this reporter he leaves a memory of kindness, graciousness and humility that we should all strive to emulate. (Fayetteville Observer)
When A Phone Call Can Open the Door to the NFL for Gunter BrewerWhat does it feel like when a call comes from an NFL franchise and opens the door to a dream? Well, one college coach received that phone call this week. Gunter Brewer, the wide receivers’ coach for the University of North Carolina, accepted an offer to become the wide receivers coach for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. (Under The Headset)
Special Home Game Dates Set For 2018 Football SeasonNorth Carolina has announced several home game designations at Kenan Stadium for the 2018 football season, including Family Weekend on Sept. 22 vs. Pittsburgh, Homecoming on Nov. 3 vs. Georgia Tech and Military Appreciation Day on Nov. 17 vs. Western Carolina. Kenan Stadium will host Carolina's home opener on Sept. 15 vs. UCF. (GoHeels.com)
Remembering the Voice of the Tar HeelsFor many North Carolina basketball and football fans, the voice of longtime radio announcer Woody Durham still echoes 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.” (The Robesonian)
Chansky’s Notebook: Tar Heels’ LegendThe marriage of Woody Durham and UNC was just perfect. Woody would often say he was a lucky guy who led a blessed life. He grew up loving Carolina athletics, and followed that love to his graduation from UNC. At 29, he followed legendary Bill Currie — the “Mouth of the South” — as the voice of the Tar Heels. It could not have been easy to succeed Currie. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Wes Durham Accepts Award For Late Father "Voice of the Tar Heels" Woody DurhamWoody Durham, "The Voice of the Tar Heels," passed away early Wednesday. His son Wes followed his father's footsteps into broadcasting and remained on site to call the UNC-Syracuse game Wednesday. During a timeout, Wes accepted The Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award in his father's name, just hours after his passing.
Video: UNC Athletics Woody Durham TributeUniversity of North Carolina Athletics pays tribute to legendary "Voice of the Tar Heels" who passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 76. Look back at the incredible life of Woody, who taught us all to "go where you go and do what you do."
Video: Woody Durham will remain in fans' minds, heartsWoody Durham, the longtime radio voice of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball and football, passed away at the age of 76 early Wednesday morning. WRAL's Jeff Gravley has this remembrance.
How beloved announcer Woody Durham was window into the soul of UNC sportsFrom 1971-2011, from Kenan Stadium to Carmichael Auditorium to the Smith Center, Woody Durham's resonant voice poured like maple syrup through radios everywhere. He was part of the era when a voice became synonymous with a team. He was often the first and only point of contact for fans. They felt like they knew him even if they had never met him. (Charlotte Observer)
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